Precision forming relies on specialized laser cutting machines and other fabrication equipment to create extremely accurate design shapes.
Known for producing metal products of superior accuracy and quality, the precision metal forming process may be used to achieve and repeat tight tolerances precisely to specification based on CAD models. These files are then converted to machine code, which is passed into laser cutters and machine tools for processing.
Precision Forming Processes and Techniques
A variety of metal forming methods may be used in the fabrication process. Sheets of metal can be shaped in any number of ways to meet an array of specifications and requirements, such as:
- Mechanical working
- Press forming
- Roll forming
Technological advancements have led to the development of manual and automated tools that can perform almost any metal forming operation.
Once the forming operations are complete, excess metal simply needs to be sheared off to reveal the completed workpiece. The cutting stage of production may involve any number of specialized processes. Dependent on application needs, a sheet may be:
Additional finishing processes may include sanding, deburring, and coating or painting.
Forming Capabilities at E-Fab
Parts are typically formed to conform with available components or to act as springs for electrical and/or non-electrical contact. We typically form thin sheet metal materials, though exact tolerances are based on the exact thickness of the material and the specifications of the design. Our forming techniques include:
- Coining. The coining process is a precision stamping method that facilitates extremely high detail by supply sufficient pressure to create a plastic flow on the surface of the workpiece.
- Bottom bend punching. This method punches only the fine details on the punch tip onto the surface of the workpiece.
- Dimpling. Dimpling is a proprietary forming process developed by E-Fab. This method is typically used to ensure that an electrical contact is available on the workpiece surface.
- Other forming methods. We also handle a variety of other forming methods, including shield forming, waveguide forming, and angle forming.
In addition to forming, we offer a wide range of in-house services to not only meet but exceed our customers’ expectations.
We provide heat treatments designed to strengthen metal materials. For instance, we can heat copper in-house up to 600° F. Should your needs exceed what we can do in-house, we have a reliable network of partners. We also offer secondary processes such as hand deburring and the application of dielectric coatings.
Metals we routinely work with:
- Stainless steel alloys
- Aluminum alloys
- Thin sheet metals
- Any metals we can etch
Applications and Industries
Precision metal forming and related services are required in the fabrication of components for a variety of industries. The E-Fab team has partnered with customers in a wide range of applications. We are a one-stop-shop for precision metal forming for industries such as:
E-Fab’s Commitment to Excellence
At E-Fab, we have a passion for thinking outside the box. We specialize in the difficult-to-perform jobs that many competitors turn away or struggle to see through. All it takes is one glance at our extensive range of offerings and services to see our commitment to innovation and partnership.
One of our expert team members will be eager to speak with you concerning your requirements and ideas. Please contact us today for more information about our services.