Digital Sheet Metal Forming2024-05-08T15:13:23-05:00

Digital Sheet Metal Forming Services and Capabilities

The Future Of Rapid Metal Prototyping and Low Volume Production

About Digital Sheet Forming

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Digital Sheet Metal Forming (DSMF) is one of the latest advancements in our field, and it offers numerous benefits for businesses looking to streamline their production and reduce manufacturing time. Compared to traditional manufacturing methods with sheet material, DSMF offers advantages including shorter lead times, faster production, elimination of expensive tooling and die manufacturing, and lower overall cost versus traditional parts stamping. Additionally, Digital Sheet Metal Forming has virtually no minimum order quantity (MOQ) meaning that its perfect for unique projects and rapid sheet metal prototyping.

Digital Sheet Metal Forming Capabilities

The Formable Area

Our Figur G15 Digital Sheet Metal Forming Machine from Desktop Metals is capable of forming parts up to 57.1 inches x 39.4 Inches (1,450 x 1,000 mm).

Formable Materials We Support

Currently Supported Materials
Material Maximum Thickness
Cold Rolled Steel — Up to: 0.079 in. 2mm 14ga.
Aluminum - 6061 TO — Up to: 0.125 in. 3.175mm 9ga.
Materials in Development
Material Maximum Thickness
Stainless Steel - 301 — Up to: 0.079 in. 2mm 14ga.
Stainless Steel - 304 — Up to: 0.079 in. 2mm 14ga.
Copper 0.022 in. 0.55mm 24ga.
Aluminum - 1100 TO — Up to: 0.063 in. 1.6mm 14ga.
Aluminum - 2024 TO — Up to: 0.125 in. 3.175mm 9ga.
Aluminum - 5052 TO — Up to: 0.083 in. 2.1mm 12ga.
Future Materials

Material Thinning

During the Digital Sheet Metal Forming process the material will be incrementally thinned as it forms. This material thinning is based on the wall angle of the part design.

Oversized Designs

For parts that are larger than the maximum formable area of the Figur G15 machine, designs can be split into multiple parts. This split typically takes place between two parallel walls that are greater than 60 degrees.


Our Experience and Capactity

Expertise in Digital Sheet Metal Forming (DSMF)

Our direct experience with Digital Sheet Metal Forming has allowed us to cater to a wide range of industries, from aerospace and automotive to medical and consumer goods. We have successfully delivered custom prototypes and final products that have exceeded our clients’ expectations, showcasing the versatility and effectiveness of this manufacturing method.

Whether it’s for rapid prototyping or high-volume production, our expertise in Digital Sheet Metal Forming enables us to provide our clients with cost-effective and timely solutions for their additive manufacturing needs. With Evology Mfg. on your side, you can be confident in the quality and reliability of the products we deliver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Digital Sheet Forming / Incremental Sheet Forming / Digital Metal Forming / Toolless Stamping?2024-05-06T16:43:36-05:00

Digital Sheet Metal Forming is a manufacturing technique utilized to shape sheet metal efficiently without the need for traditional tooling. By using a single point tool, this process creates intricate contours, commonly seen in automotive body panels, industrial components, or aircraft structures, into the metal. With precise control and relatively low consumable tooling costs, Digital Sheet Metal Forming is ideal for small to medium-sized production batches and rapid prototyping. Digital Sheet Metal Forming offers accuracy, repeatability, and flexibility in creating complex shapes.

Why should you choose Digital Sheet Metal Forming?2024-05-06T16:42:43-05:00

Simply put, to avoid the huge barrier to entry with long lead times and expensive tooling. Digital Sheet Metal Forming streamlines the manufacturing process, reducing overhead and lowering the overall cost of production. Additionally, Digital Sheet Metal Forming is flexible and allows for on-demand production.

What types of parts can be made using Digital Sheet Metal Forming?2024-05-13T18:07:00-05:00

Digital Sheet Metal Forming is a perfect solution for creating various parts from a variety of industries. While typically used in the aircraft and automotive industries, Digital Sheet Metal Forming can also craft things like bowls, light fixtures, signs, and more!

While Digital Sheet Metal Forming is an incredible technology, it does have its limitations. Ideal parts for this technology are smooth, have less than 60 degrees of draft, and have no large flat areas.


  • Smooth
  • 60 degree draft
  • No peaks and valleys
  • No large flat areas


  • Smooth
  • Peaks and valleys
  • 60-75 degree walls


  • Steeper wall angles, 70 – 90 degrees
  • Convex geometry within the part
  • Large flat areas
What materials can be used in the Digital Sheet Metal Forming process?2024-05-06T16:41:20-05:00

As of March 2024 the Figur G15 supports cold rolled steel up to 2mm thick as well as 6061 aluminum up to 3.175mm thick, with other materials such as 301 and 304 stainless steel, copper, and various other aluminum alloys being in development.

How accurate is Digital Sheet Metal Forming?2024-05-10T17:12:19-05:00

While part tolerances depend on several factors including part complexity, material type, part orientation, and tooling, the general accuracy of Digital Sheet Metal Forming technology is between 0.5%-2% of the largest dimension of the part. Additionally, the detail of the radiuses in the part should be 2-3x the radius of the tool for best results.

What is the biggest metal part you can produce with Digital Sheet Metal Forming?2024-05-06T16:40:25-05:00

Currently the Figur G15 has a maximum formable area of 1450mm x 1050mm x 400mm (57.1 in. x 39.4 in. x 15.75 in) however larger parts can be formed with the machine by simply splitting the design into multiple pieces. This is often done by splitting the design along 2 parallel walls that are greater than 60 degrees.

What thickness of materials can Digital Sheet Metal Forming manufacture?2024-05-06T16:39:59-05:00

Digital Sheet Metal Forming can manufacture materials up to 3.175mm in thickness.

Transform Your Projects with Digital Sheet Metal Forming

Are you looking for a rapid tooling solution that combines speed, strength, and flexibility? Our Digital Sheet Metal Forming services are here to bring your ideas to life. Contact us to discuss how DSMF can benefit your next project.

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