Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently asked questions about Fabworks and our services. Gain deeper insights into Fabworks and the exceptional services we offer
Laser cut parts are typically shipped within 1-2 business days. Adding additional services to your parts such as bending, powder coating, or hole operations will increase your lead time.
Most standard size parts are cut with an overall tolerance of +/- 0.005 inches. Most simple features such as holes and slots are often as tight as +/- 0.002 inches. Larger features or features over 30 inches apart will see an increased tolerance of +/- 0.010 inches, due to heat distortion of the fiber laser cutting process.
Thinner parts (less than .125 inches) will have a very smooth and consistent edge quality. Thicker parts will have a slightly rougher edge quality due to the increased power required to laser cut the materials. The edge quality of laser cut parts is often better than parts cut with a plasma cutter or waterjet.
All of our parts come with deburring and tab removal included. We use a combination of machines and hand tools to remove burrs and tabs from your parts. Our team is dedicated to shipping you the highest quality parts possible.
We do not offer the option to remove deburring from your parts. We believe that deburring is an essential part of the laser cutting process and we want to ensure that you receive parts you are happy with. Even with deburring we are dedicated to shipping your parts fast, with most simple laser cutting orders shipping same day.
At this time we do not ship internationally but it is something we are working towards. We are happy to ship your parts to a freight forwarder within the US.
To get an instant quote for your parts you need to export your file as a STEP or DXF. If you have issues exporting your files you can send us a message with any native file format (.step, .sldprt, .iges, etc) and we will help you repair and convert them.
Our sheet metal bending service typically adds 1 business day to the total of your project lead time. Adding additional services to your parts such as powder coating, or hole operations will increase your lead time further.
Most bends will be made to a angle tolerance of +/- 1 deg and a length tolerance of +/-.015 inches. Large bends over 24 inches can cause some warping to the part. Compound bends will have a larger tolerance of +/- .020 inches.
Yes, there will be small score lines along the outer surface of your bent parts. These are caused by the die used to bend your parts. We do not offer any services to remove or prevent these marks. For a cosmetic finish we recommend adding powder
Absolutely! We offer custom bending to meet your specific design requirements. Our precision equipment can handle bend angles between 0-90 degrees. Please upload a STEP files and our software will automatically find your desired angles.
Quality is paramount at Fabworks. Each bent part undergoes a rigorous inspection process to ensure it meets our high standards. We use advanced measurement tools to check for accuracy in angles and dimensions, ensuring every part aligns with your STEP file.
Our bending capabilities cover a range of sheet metal thicknesses. Generally, we can bend metal sheets up to a certain thickness, which varies depending on the material type. For specific thickness limits, please refer to our bending resources or contact our team for guidance.
Parts with hardware typically have 1 extra day added to the lead time. They shipping date provided during checkout is accurate and includes all extra services.
PEM hardware is versatile and can be used on most types of metal, including aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon steel. Our configurator ensures your parts are compatible with the right PEM hardware.
No, there is no minimum order size. We accommodate projects of all scales, from single prototypes to large production runs, with the same level of precision and quality.
Our current offerings include a wide range of PEM nut hardware. Check out our resources page for more information about the specific nuts we stock
Parts with countersinks typically have 1 extra day added to the lead time. They shipping date provided during checkout is accurate and includes all extra services.
We offer a range of countersinking options, including different angles and diameters, to suit various hardware and design requirements. Check out our resources for more information.
We can perform countersinking on most thicknesses of metals. However, the material's properties may influence the final outcome, and we advise consulting with us for the best approach for your specific material.
Parts with taps typically have 1 extra day added to the lead time. They shipping date provided during checkout is accurate and includes all extra services.
Our tapping process uses precision equipment and experienced technicians to ensure that each thread is accurately formed, providing optimal fit and strength.
Yes, we are equipped to tap a variety of metal types and thicknesses. Our configurator ensures compatibility giving you the best tapping approach for your specific material and project.
Parts with powder coating typically have 5-7 extra days added to the lead time. They shipping date provided during checkout is accurate and includes all extra services.
Our powder coating provides a highly durable finish that is resistant to chipping, scratching, and corrosion, ensuring longevity and maintaining appearance over time.
Yes, all of the metals we currently offer are compatible with our Poweder Coating Service.
You can check out our material tolerances on our resources page. Each alloy has different thickness tolerances, make sure to select your desired material.
Our standard cut tolerance is .005". You can learn more about what to expect from your laser cuts parts on our services page:
Absolutely! Our deburring and finishing process comes at no additional cost to you. We utilize a range of techniques to eliminate minor flaws, scrapes, and rough edges that remain from the cutting process. If your part meets the deburring requirements, it will be selected for this process automatically.
Our top priority is your satisfaction, which is why we provide a 100% guarantee for either a full refund or replacement of your parts. In some cases, we may request photographs of your component or a brief explanation of the aspects you were not satisfied with, so we can identify the issue and prevent it from happening in the future.