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Sheet Metal Quotes – Working with PROTOTEK
Deep capabilities in sheet metal and machining – design, sheet metal, manufacturing, finishing, and even complex assemblies.
What do we do?
- Sheet Metal Parts & Assemblies in as Fast as 1-3 Days
- CNC Milled and Turned Parts in as Fast as 1-3 Days
- Complex Parts
- Same Day or Emergency Jobs – Call us Now!
About our fast, flexible personalized service:
- ISO-9001:2015 Certified, ITAR Registered
- Quotes within 24 Hours – Call us if you need it faster!
- Estimates with or without CAD Models
- We Want Complex Jobs – We Quote Parts Others Reject
Because every job is unique, and many require special considerations for materials, finishing, custom work, and/or urgent delivery – our sheet metal quotes are turned around by seasoned estimators who confirm all aspects of your job. No automated quoting that works on cookie-cutter algorithms here to limit your project or your imagination. We figure out the best way to run your job first – and that’s why we deliver so many jobs that other shops turn away.
Our sheet metal capabilities start below but they don’t stop there. Want to talk to someone about a job, upload a file for quote or call us now.
NO CAD MODEL, NO PROBLEM
QUOTES WITHIN 24HRS
PARTS & ASSEMBLIES – ONE STOP SHOP
NO ORDER TOO SMALL
EXPEDITED PARTS IN 1-3 DAYS
PROTOTEK AS SEEN ON MANUFACTURING MARVELS®
- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Laser Cutting - Punching
- Material Graining
- Drilling - Countersinking - Tapping
- Forming - Bending
- Hardware Insertion
- Mechanical Assembly
- TIG, MIG, Spot Welding & Weld Grinding
- Welded Assemblies & Frames
- Up to 5-Axis Milling
- Horizontal & Vertical Milling
- 9-Axis Mill-Turn
- CNC Routing
- Surface Grinding
- Lapping & Polishing
- Welding / Post-Weld Machining
- Heli-Coils / Hardware Inserts
Cutting & Engraving
- Wire EDM Cutting
- Waterjet Cutting
- CO2 Laser
- Quality Engineering Assistance
- CMM Inspection Services
- First Article and AQL Inspections
- Compliance and Document Control
Plastic & Composite Fabrication
- Plastic Thermoforming - Bending
- Cryogenic Deflashing & Deburring
- Plastic Welding
- Thermal, Adhesive, & Mechanical Bonding
- Vapor Polishing
- Radiological Film-Cutting Services
- Manufacturing Design Assistance
- Tooling and Fixture Fabrication
- Electro-Mechanical Services
- Welded, Mechanical, & Small Parts Assembly
- Wire Harnessing
- Laser Cutting – Polymers & Metals
- Insert Installation
- Powder Coating
- Chemical Agent Resistant Coating
- Silk Screening
- Laser Engraving
- Chem Film
- Black Oxide
- Bead Blasting
The Essence of a Sheet Metal Quote
Sheet metal fabrication involves cutting, punching, folding and assembling flat aluminum or steel sheets. Sheet metal, in particular, can be easily cut and bent into any shape, accounting for its versatility for a multitude of applications. Based on these fundamentals plus the complexity of each unique job, Prototek can provide a sheet metal quote that includes pricing and turnaround estimates.
Services Considered in Our Sheet Metal Quotes
We are driven to provide accurate and comprehensive sheet metal quotes based on the processes, machines, materials and custom components necessary to complete your job. This includes considering which of our services are necessary to get the job done. Here are the various sheet metal services we offer and consider in any sheet metal quote:
Manufacturing Design Assistance
We consider the product purpose, necessary product strength, product quantity requirements, industry standards, required material qualities and other relevant factors when determining how to construct your metal components. To ensure the end product is perfect, we offer manufacturing design assistance. It benefits everyone involved to ensure the design is structurally sound before any fabrication begins. This is also where are our quoting begins. By reviewing initial designs, we can help align cost expectations.
Laser cutting, in particular, is the technique of cutting materials with a high-power density laser beam. Plates that can get treated in the cold bonding and hot bonding ranges, for example, should be less than or equal to 20.0 mm thick, and stainless steel should be less than 10.0 mm thick for optimal results.
Punching is a sheet metal production method in which a scrap slug is extracted from the metal workpiece each time a punch enters the punching die, resulting in a hole on the metal workpiece.
Material graining is a technique for achieving a uniform, clean finish on the surfaces of a wide range of metals, including sheet metal.
Drilling – Countersinking – Tapping
Holes can be drilled or bored, especially for flush fastener heads. Furthermore, countersunk holes can be drilled into sheet metal components so that when the product finishes, the fastening head is even with the metal. Finally, we can use tapping drills to make threaded holes in sheet metal so that fasteners can be inserted and screwed in.
Forming is a type of sheet metal machining that includes processes such as bending. Cutting removes material from a sheet of metal, whereas forming just reconfigures into desired contours. Moreover, you can bend sheet metal manually or with the use of press brakes.
We have hardware insertion capabilities in-house to ensure hardware pieces can be inserted correctly, precisely and rapidly.
From simple mechanical assemblies of fabricated sheet metal parts to sophisticated electro-mechanical assemblies with significant materials, our mechanical assembly services encompass various component assembly and integration methods.
TIG, MIG & Spot Welding
Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is a method of welding in which a non-consumable tungsten electrode powers the welding arc. TIG welding gets used widely throughout stainless-steel parts, lean gauge mild steel and non-ferrous metals.
On the other hand, MIG welding is an arc welding procedure in which a fixed feed of solid wire electrode is delivered through a welding gun and into the welding pool at a continuous rate. MIG welding works well on mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum, among other materials.
Finally, Spot Welding combines two or more metal sheets by exerting pressure and heat from an electric current to the weld zone.
Welded Assemblies & Frames
We use advanced manufacturing equipment and abilities to create assemblies and frames that combine machined parts, formed parts and welding techniques.
Standard Costs Involved with Sheet Metal Quotes
Most sheet metal quotes, as it pertains to sheet metal fabrication, take into consideration the following details:
Production time can influence your online sheet metal quote. The time it takes to produce a part using our sheet metal fabrication services is a factor we take into consideration when creating any sheet metal quote.
Number of Machines Involved
Some sheet metal quotes we provide involve the use of multiple machines to complete a job. The more machines involved, the more complex your quote may be. See list of sheet metal machines we use below.
The need and distance to ship final products will definitely have an effect on the pricing and costs involved with your end sheet metal quote.
Factors That Can Affect Sheet Metal Costs and Quotes
Cutting, bending and assembling metal structures are all part of the metal fabrication process, constituting the bulk of sheet metal fabrication costs and end sheet metal quote pricing. However, there are other elements that can affect the total cost of your sheet metal project. Here are a few additional factors that can affect your sheet metal quote:
Materials and Processes Used
The material and processes used constitute the biggest factors affecting the overall sheet metal quote, incurring the bulk of sheet metal price and sheet metal cost. See list of sheet metal materials to consider below.
Customers can choose from various sheet metal finishing choices that reinforce parts, improve aesthetic appeal, save assembly time and provide other perks, depending on the project.
The International Traffic in Arms Regulations, (aka ITAR) are export control regulations administered by the US Department of State (DOS). These regulations are used by the Department of State to regulate products on the United States Munitions List and the Missile Technology Control Regime. This includes anything designed for military or defense-related applications. This means we must prove we are ITAR compliant before taking on any projects that fall into those categories.
We are ITAR compliant, but with such compliance comes added costs. So, if your job requires ITAR compliance, this will be considered in your sheet metal quote.
Type of Inspection or Quality Reports Required
Depending on the project, methods used and final assembly required, they may involve several inspections and quality reports to ensure each step of the process is perfect. The more inspections and reports required, the more involved your sheet metal quote may be.
Machines Considered in Sheet Metal Quotes
Here are the machines we leverage for sheet metal projects:
|Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description||Machine Type||Machining Method||XYZ Machining Limits||Precision / Repeatability (in.)||Axis||Brand / Description|
|Milling||Manual Vertical||36" X 12" X 21"||±0.0005||3-Axis||Bridgeport|
|Milling||Manual Vertical||36.5" X 15.75" X 16"||±0.0005||3-Axis||Atrump|
|Milling||Manual Vertical||30.25" X 12.75" X 21"||±0.0005||3-Axis||Atrump|
|Turning||Manual Lathe||Chuck capacities: 8" / 10" - Spindle Bore: 2" - Max Swing: 16" Swing-over Gap: 24" - Dist Between Centers: 40"||N/A||-||Acra-Turn|
|Turning||Manual Lathe||Chuck capacities: 6" / 8" - Max Swing: 13" Swing-over Gap: 18.75" - Dist Between Centers: 40"||N/A||-||Atrump|
|3D Printing||Printing||14" X 10" X 10" Build Envelope||±0.0015||-||Stratasys|
|Punch-Laser||Punch & C02 Laser Cut||79" X 50" X 0.25"||±0.0027||3-axis||Amada (1/2)|
|Punch-Laser||Punch & C02 Laser Cut||79" X 50" X 0.25"||±0.0027||3-axis||Amada (2/2)|
|Punch-Laser||Punch & C02 Laser Cut||61" X 99" X 11.8"||±0.0004" / 20"||3-axis||Amada|
|Milling||Manual Vertical||Z-axis (Drill Press style) operations only||3-axis||Kent USA|
|Bending||Bending||61" X 0.1345" (10 Ga.) Roll Length & Diameter: 4-3/4" (capacity based on Mild Steel) Pinch Adjustment: Standard||-||Birmingham|
|Laser||Laser Cutting & Etching||24" x 18" X 8.5"||±0.0002||-||Epilog|
|Milling||Manual Vertical||26" X 15" X 4"; Knee: 12.5" Right Angle Head||±0.005||3-axis||Kent USA|
|Laser||Laser Cutting & Etching||24" x 18" X 8.5"||±0.0002||3-axis||Epilog|
|Wire EDM||Wire EDM||13.78" X 9.84" X 8.66"||±.0001||-||Sodick|
|Water Jet||Water Jet||52" X 26"||Linear Straightness Accuracy: ±0.0021" Repeatability: 0.0014"||3-axis||Flow|
Materials Available and Considered in Sheet Metal Quotes
|Sheet Metal Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)||Sheet Metal Material||Grade / Alloy||Max. Sheet Material Thickness (in)||Heat Treatable||Tensile Strength (Ultimate, PSI)||Fatigue Strength (PSI)||Hardness (Brinell)||Machinability (AISI Rating)|
Several factors affect an overall sheet metal quote. If you want to get pricing for your sheet metal project, contact Prototek today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Are you a broker or a manufacturer?
We are a full service sheet metal and machining manufacturer with four U.S. production facilities across the nation allowing us to deliver your high-quality parts FAST.
Does PROTOTEK manufacture in higher-volume quantities?
We focus on prototypes to low-volume production and can do larger runs. All our parts, from one – to 100 – to 1,000+ are always delivered with production-quality finish.
What are your payment terms?
PROTOTEK offers Net 30 payment terms for established customers with good credit.
What file formats are required or suggested for requesting a quote?
We accept .STP, .DWG, .IGS, .PDF, Parasolid files, and more.
What if I need help with my part design?
Our estimators are on hand to discuss your specific job needs. Our expert team can help you move your project smoothly through the design process and on to delivery.
If I do not have a CAD model, can you quote/fabricate my parts?
Yes, we can work directly from your drawings. Additional engineering charge (NRC) may apply depending on complexity.
How do I submit my NDA and other document requests?
Submit your NDA, Approved Vendor and other document requests to your sales rep or estimator.
How long is a quote valid?
Our quotes stand firm for 7 days from the date of issue.
How fast can I get my order?
Lead time for standard orders is 10 business days. Expediting options are available, including emergency service – down to as fast as 1-2 business days, depending on complexity of work and materials.