Services

Microform Precision is a full service precision sheet metal manufacturer offering turnkey solutions to most sheet metal needs. Our services begin with customer support and engineering and can take a part through cutting, bending, welding, powder coating and silk screening as well as numerous other processes along the way. Although we provide nearly all of our services in-house, we also have close relationships with machine and plating shops to cover the few gaps that may remain to complete your project.

Following is a list of the major services that we offer but please don't hesitate to inquire about any need that you do not see addressed here.

Laser Cutting

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  • Provides a fast, accurate and provides a high quality cut for appropriate materials.
  • Low set up time relative to other cutting methods allows competitive pricing even at lower quantities
  • Well suited for mild steel (including pre-plated steels like galvanized), stainless steel, aluminum and now with the addition of our fiber optic laser, brass and copper!
  • Very small features may not cut well. A good rule of thumb is that no feature should be smaller than the material is thick. The same rule would also apply to the distance between features or cut lines of any other kind.
Feature Location+/- 0.005"
Hole Diameter+/- 0.005"
MakeModelPowerMax Sheet SizeTechnologyApplications
BystronicBystar4000 watts60" x 120"CO2mild steel up to 1/2", stainless steel up to 1/2", aluminum up to 3/8"
BystronicByspeed4400 watts60" x 120"CO2mild steel up to 3/8", stainless steel up to 3/16", aluminum up to 1/8"
AmadaEnsis2000 watts60" x 120"fiber opticmild steel up to 3/4", stainless steel up to 3/8", aluminum up to 5/16"

CNC Forming

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  • Highly efficient and repeatable means of bending parts
  • Critical machine parameters (e.g. depth of bend, amount of pressure required and bend order) are stored for future runs to ensure consistency
  • The use of multiple bend radii in the same part will require additional set up time and increase cost. Whenever possible, use the same bend radius for all bends throughout the part.
  • It is highly advisable to show dimensions on a drawing in the formed view as opposed to the flat pattern view (if applicable). This will help to reduce or eliminate misunderstandings about how the dimension should be applied.
  • Holes positioned near bend lines are prone to distortion as the nearby material stretches and compresses. Ideally, holes should be kept as far from bend lines as possible but if a close proximity is necessary, request that the hole be reamed after forming to re-establish its original shape.

For Materials Up To 1/8" Thick

Angle+/- 1°
Bend to Bend+/- 0.015"
Bend to Feature+/- 0.01"
Flange Length+/- 0.007"

For Materials Up To 1/2" Thick

Angle+/- 1°
Bend to Bend+/- 0.03"
Bend to Feature+/- 0.015"
MakeModelMax TonnageMax Length
AmadaFBD-8025NT (x2)80 tons96"
AmadaRG-502060 tons60"
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AmadaHG1303143 tons120"

Welding

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* spot welding not available for aluminum
  • Welding introduces a lot of heat and has the potential to cause deformation. It is advised to specify the specific locations and intervals at which weld is required and to keep those a sparse as can be tolerated for your application in effort to minimize the potential of heat-related deformation.
  • Microform does not specialize in welds on cosmetic materials such as #4 or #8 finish stainless steel.
  • All of Microform's fabrication services including weld are in-house only. Installations or other on-site processes cannot be provided
2 Place Dimension+/- 0.06"
3 Place Dimension+/- 0.03"
TypeMakeModelApplications
MIG welding machineMillerMillermatic 212 (x2)Mild Steel 22ga (.030") - .375", Aluminum .063" - .375"
MIG Welding MachineMillerMillermatic 210 (x2)Mild Steel 22ga (.030") - .375", Aluminum .063" - .375"
TIG Welding MachineMillerSyncrowave 250Steel (mild or stainless): .012" - .500", Aluminum: .015" - .375"
TIG Welding MachineMillerSyncrowave 180

Hardware Insertion

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  • Adds additional depth for load bearing threads to sheet metal parts
  • Fast, generally simple process helping to control cost
  • Utilizes existing holes cut by high precision cutting machine such as a laser or water jet which increases the precision of the fasterner's location
  • Where comparable in function, self-clinching hardware will typically be superior to weld studs both in accuracy of location and in strength.
  • Fasteners may be forced out particularly if load comes from the insertion side. To reduce the risk of separation, it is best to specify the side of installation as that opposite of the load wherever possible.
  • Self-clinching fasteners are best suited for areas of infrequent use. Areas of anticipated frequent use such as a nut that will have a screw put in or taken out as a part of standard operation, will be prone to loosening with time. In those cases, self-clinching hardware is still an option but it would be advisable to request the addition of 2-3 tack welds to reinforce the fastener.
  • Most self-clinching studs and standoffs will have an exposed head on the surface opposite the threads. If this is undesirable (e.g. for cosmetic purposes), it is advisable to request the addition of weld to conceal the fastener head
Please call or email for details.
MakeModelPower
Haeger8248 tons
Haeger618 (x2)6 tons

Water Jet Cutting

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  • Compliments laser cutting services by offering the ability to cut many materials that are either too thick for laser cutting or otherwise not conducive to the process
  • Cuts without the use of heat
  • Capable of cutting up to 4" thick steel
  • Materials will be at least partially submerged in water during the cutting process. Materials that would be damaged by exposure to water should not be water jet cut.
  • Etchings may be left around cut outs, particularly in soft materials such as aluminum, from the spray. In some applications, this may be cosmetically undesirable.
  • Thicker materials will often have some degree of taper to the cut. This taper can be reduced (although perhaps not eliminated) by running at lower speeds but the trade off is a longer run time and higher cost.
Feature Location+/- 0.005"
MakeModelPowerMax Sheet SizeApplications
FlowMach 2 4020b60,000 PSI72" x 156"Most materials up to 4" thick.

CNC Turret Punching

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  • A cost effective option for high quantity jobs with relatively simple profiles
  • Allows stamped features such as louvers, card guides, lances and dimples.
  • Hard tooling requires a longer set up time than laser or water jet so smaller quantity runs may not be cost effective.
  • Cutting paths are somewhat limited by the tooling available. Complex shapes may need to be cut by a process called nibbling which may leave a segmented edge as opposed to a smooth line.
Please call or email for details.
MakeModelMax Sheet Size
AmadaVipros 358 King II48" x 70"

Saw Cutting

  • Useful for cutting metal in forms other than sheet such as tube, bar and rod.
Please call or email for details.
MakeModelPowerMax SizeType
DoAllC-230 DGSA9" diameter rounds and 11" x 6.5" rectanglessemi-automatic miter cutting saw

Powder Coating

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  • Provides a durable finish to metal products
  • In most cases, a lower cost option compared to standard paint
  • More environmentally friendly than paint
  • Available in a variety of texture and gloss options
  • Parts should have hanging hole or holes (depending on the weight of the part). Parts with no holes may not be able to be powder coated
  • Smooth and glossy coats will show flaws much more easily than textured coats and therefore take more time to provide. Whenever optional, selecting a textured powder coat will be a more cost effective route.
  • Custom colors (e.g. matching to an existing color) will be more expensive in powder coat than with paint except at very high quantities.
Please call or email for details.
Please call or email for details.

Painting

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  • A cost effective option for custom colors
  • Does not require that parts be hung from a rack and so is an option for a wider variety of shapes, sizes and weights
  • Does not require baking to cure so is a better option for parts that may need multiple coats of different colors and/or for adding paint to an isolated area of a part with an existing coat or would otherwise be negatively affected by high temperatures.
  • Cure time can be several days depending on the paint so lead times for painted parts are generally longer than for powder coated parts
Please call or email for details.
Please call or email for details.

Technical Screen Printing

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  • A useful way to add labels and logos to your fabricated parts.
Please call or email for details.
Please call or email for details.

Graining

  • Adds grained finish to steel or aluminum parts
Please call or email for details.
TypeMakeModelMax WidthUses
Dry GrainerTimesaver137-1HPMES37"Apply linear grain to flat steel or stainless steel parts
Wet GrainerTimesaver137-1HDMW37"Apply linear grain to flat aluminum parts