Order sheet metal parts online from FACTUREE
FACTUREE – The Online Manufacturer provides you with the state-of-the-art procurement of sheet metal parts.
As an online manufacturer with a large network of manufacturing partners, we have access to an almost unlimited number of sheet metal working machines and thus always have free capacities and secure supply chains for your projects - from prototype to large-batch production.
In addition to the broadest manufacturing spectrum on the market, you benefit from individual offers, short delivery times and competitive prices.
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- Permanently short delivery times
- Same-day quote in most cases.
- Quick response to questions.
- Free Europe-wide express shipping.
- CNC-machined, sheet metal, and 3D-printed parts – incl. surface treatments
- Prototyping, small and large scale production.
- Extensive selection of materials immediately available.
- Everything from one source.
How Online Manufacturing of sheet metal parts works
- Easy upload of your 3D models and drawings
- Inquiries also possible by email
- Telephone customer service
- Same-day express-offer in most cases
- Two-stage technical feasibility check
- Flexible offer optimization regarding price or delivery time
- More than 1000 manufacturing partners and 8000 machines
- AI-backed selection of the best possible manufacturer
- FACTUREE is the sole contracting party
- Wide production range
- Largest material selection on the market
- Data-driven quality management
- Delivery already possible after 9-12 working days
- Free Europe-wide express shipping
- 100% carbon-neutral shipping
Find out more about the advantages of Online Manufacturing and how you can benefit from it in our latest white paper
„The future of parts procurement“
Sheet metal processing
- All common processing methods
- Largest material selection on the market
- Incl. surface treatments
- Prototyping and mass production
Specifications for sheet metal parts:
- Max. dimensions: L: 6000mm x W: 2000mm
- Sheet thickness: from 0.5mm
- Tolerances: ±0.02mm
- Quantity: starting from 1 pcs.
Various methods of sheet metal processing
Laser cutting serves the economic, precise and fast "cutting" of workpieces from a sheet metal. For this purpose, a CNC-controlled laser is guided across the sheet metal panel. The laser beam hits the sheet metal and heats it selectively. The strong heat liquefies the metal at the specified points and thus ensures separation at the cutting edges.
Laser cutting can also be used economically with small batch sizes, enables maximum material utilization and thus little waste, and offers cutting edges that do not require reworking. When it comes to cutting parts from a sheet metal without contact or force, laser cutting has become indispensable in production. Without even a single tool change, virtually any shape can be cut with a laser. The cutting edges are free of rework. In addition to sheet metal, almost any material can be cut by laser - whether ceramic, metal, plastic or organic material. The disadvantage of laser cutting: The required laser devices are cost-intensive to purchase and the application is only suitable for thinner sheets up to a thickness of approx. 260 mm.
During water jet cutting in sheet metal processing, the sheet metal to be processed is separated by a high-pressure water jet and the admixture of cutting sand. The sheets are processed with up to 6000 bar working pressure, at the same time the sheet hardly heats up.
During water jet cutting, there is no thermal stress on the workpiece, so that almost any sheet metal can be cut with this process. The advantages of this process lie in the narrow cutting kerf width, excellent material utilization with high nesting density and correspondingly low waste as well as low environmental impact. In addition, water jet cutting is characterized by a high cutting edge quality, for which manual reworking is only necessary in rare cases. The comparatively low cutting speed and the direct contact with water - which makes water jet cutting of moisture-sensitive or rust-prone materials more difficult - can be considered disadvantageous.
During plasma cutting of sheet metal, an electrically conductive gas - plasma - is generated by means of an electric arc. The extremely high energy of the arc melts the metal at the desired location, and at the same time the molten metal is blown away by a gas jet, creating a kerf.
The advantages of this process lie in the high cutting speeds and low heat distortion. In addition to sheet metal processing, plasma cutting of all known metals is also possible, which significantly expands the areas of application. The acquisition costs for plasma torches are lower than for a laser machine, but lasers with a material thickness of 15 mm or more work faster.
During punching, components are manufactured from a sheet metal using a press and a corresponding cutting tool. This tool consists of a die and a punch, which produces the internal shape of the components.
The sheet metal is placed between the die and the punch for punching; the press presses the two parts together and thus punches the workpiece out of the sheet metal. Punching is considered to be an extremely fast, inexpensive process, but primarily for series production. For each punched component, a separate tool must be produced, which significantly increases the price for single parts or small series. Short throughput times and high precision of the stamped parts are also among the advantages of the process. In addition to the high tool costs, the burr caused by the punching process and uneven cutting surfaces, which make post-processing necessary, can also be considered disadvantageous.
Nibbling is another process for sheet metal processing and is closely related to punching. In nibbling, the workpiece is punched out of the sheet metal piece by piece through a repeated up and down movement of the tool open on one side and with uniform feed. Cut-outs from the sheet metal can be produced without distortion by nibbling, but the cutting track punched out of the sheet metal results in greater waste compared to other processes. Nibbling makes it possible to produce even yet complexly shaped workpieces. Nibbling also produces a burr on the parts, which must be removed after production.
Das CNC-Biegen gehört zu den umformenden Bearbeitungsmöglichkeiten von Blechen. Für das CNC-Biegen werden die Bleche um eine Walze geführt, um Radien zu erzeugen. Sind eher scharfe Kanten in genau vordefiniertem Winkel gefordert, werden Bleche abgekantet. Mit der Kombination aus CNC-Biegen und Abkanten lassen sich hochpräzise Volumenkörper aus Blech anfertigen.
Die CNC-unterstützte Fertigung minimiert die Fehlerrate der gebogenen Teile, was das CNC-Biegen zu einem überzeugend effizienten und preisgünstigen Herstellungsverfahren macht.
Gemäß DIN 8584 versteht man unter Tiefziehen das „Zugdruckumformen eines Blechzuschnittes“. Hierfür wird das Blech auf einer Presse zwischen Stempel und Matrize des Werkzeugs gespannt. Wichtig beim Tiefziehen ist, dass die Kanten von Stempel und Matrize abgerundet sind, um ein Fließen des Bleches zu ermöglichen. Das Tiefziehen gehört zu den zugdruckumformenden Verfahren, bei denen ein Blech ohne Änderung der Blechdicke umgeformt wird.
Tiefziehen gilt als kostengünstiges, schnelles Verfahren – auch wenn es um Einzelteile, Prototypen oder Kleinserien geht. Je nach erforderlichem Werkzeug liegen die Kosten für durch Tiefziehen hergestellte Teile bis zu 60 % unter denen anderer Fertigungsverfahren.
Materials for sheet metal processing
Sheet metal parts with surface treatments
At FACTUREE you can procure sheet metal parts also with surface treatments. This way you save the logistical effort of commissioning several service providers and have only one contractual partner for the entire duration of the procurement process.
Selection of available surface treatments
- Quenching and Tempering
- Case hardening
- Gas nitriding
- Plasma nitriding
- Hard anodizing
- Black finishing
- Phosphate conversion coating
- Nickel plating
- Galvanizing (zinc plating)
- (Laser) engraving
- Glass bead blasting
Sheet metal fabrication - from prototype to mass production
At FACTUREE you can order sheet metal parts in all quantities, from individual prototypes to mass production. Have your offer individually optimized in terms of price or delivery time. We will be happy to advise you.
When it comes to prototyping, often every day counts. Online Manufacturing has become a synonym for speed. Due to our large network of manufacturers we always have free capacities and short delivery times of 9-12 working days.
Also large scale production via Online Manufacturing is advantageous. By the smart selection of a highly specialized manufacturers it is possible to produce in high quantities in a cost-efficient way. Let us check free of charge whether we can undercut your current purchase prices.
Framework agreements offer companies long-term price stability and thus planning security. Frame contracts can be individually designed with FACTUREE and tailored according to your needs.
Case study: Freudenberg
Freudenberg Performance Materials relies on digital procurement with FACTUREE
Online Manufacturing of special parts adds benefits for textile manufacturers such as quick availability
Freudenberg Performance Materials is a leading global supplier of technical textiles. The textile solutions are used in a wide range of markets and applications. The company’s technical textiles include non-woven fabrics, woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, foams and laminates for sectors such as automotive, construction, clothing, energy, filter media, healthcare, interior finishing, shoes and leather goods, and special applications.
With more than 35 production sites in 15 countries and its headquarters in Weinheim, Germany, Freudenberg Performance Materials has a truly global presence. The company aims to be a pioneer in the development of technical textiles, modern materials and solutions, and new production methods.
Online Manufacturing as a modern procurement method
The goal of innovative products and processes is also expressed in how production partners are chosen. When implementing technical projects and maintenance work, ever shorter procurement times coupled with high manufacturing precision are crucial for success. cwmk GmbH, which operates as an online manufacturer under the FACTUREE brand name, meets these requirements with a very high level of digitalization, automation and networking as well as an ISO 9001 certified quality management system. In the broad production network, more than 8000 machines are always at the ready for projects.
“Freudenberg Performance Materials has now completed around fifteen projects with us for the external production of components. We implemented an especially large project in September of this year that included the production of several steel and aluminum milled parts as well as cut and bent sheet metal parts made of V2A stainless steel,” reports Benjamin Schwab, Head of Marke¬ting & Sales at cwmk GmbH.
Overall, most of the parts that FACTUREE produces for Freudenberg are 3-axis milled parts – some are bent parts, less frequently turned parts. The materials used are mostly steel, stainless steel and aluminum – various plastics such as PVC, PEEK and Teflon have also been used so far.
Markus Helf, Technical Manager at the Freudenberg Perfor¬mance Materials SE & Co. KG plant in Kaiserslautern, points out the advantage of the cooperation: “We highly regard FACTUREE as a reliable supplier of production parts with good delivery times and an easy-to-use procurement interface. Especially in times of coronavirus, this procurement approach offers the necessary safety. We consider this to be a good example of the advantages of digitalization, which has seen another boost during the pandemic.”