Sheet Metal Fabrication

Noble Industries & The Fabricator Fab 40 List

Hello metal fabricating enthusiasts,

Noble Industries is honored to be listed in Fab 40 List – Leading Metal Fabrication businesses.

With 42 years of metal fabrication experience, Noble Industries is honored to make the list and also proud to announce that July 2012 was our largest revenue month in our history and we are on target to have 2012 be our best year ever.  We have had steady, continued growth over the past 15 years and project the positive growth to continue for years to come.

The key to our success is loyal customers, a dedicated work force, and a management team that strives to provide world class quality metal fabrication.    The outcome is growth in the number of jobs requiring laser cutting, panel bending, tube fabrication, wire fabrication and other metal fabrication services.  Our 70,000 square foot facility is conveniently located on the north side of Indianapolis,Indiana in the suburb of Noblesville.   We have added a second location in Orland, IN with an entire 40,000 sq ft building dedicated to wire fabrication & wire forming.

At Noble Industries, the range of our capabilities allow us to produce prototypes and large production runs of custom metal fabricated parts.  Our ISO 9001:2008 certification is important to a large array of customers. We service everything from retail point of purchase, HVAC & other enclosure companies, OEM companies, automotive aftermarket customers and many other industries.

Call Brenda Snyder at 317-773-1926 for more information about our metal fabrication services.


Comparison of CNC Punching to Laser Cutting

Are you designing a part and not sure if your sheet metal fabrication company will punch it or laser cut the part?  As the leader in sheet metal fabrication in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee and throughout the Midwest, Noble Industries processes approximately 40 tons of sheet metal parts a week.   Here are a few tips on how we decide which method is best.   

The fastest method for creating a part with holes is CNC punching or metal stamping.   Stamping is by far the fastest and most economical way to produce a part in high production quantities (such as a 500,000 piece run or higher).  When high production is not required, it is hard to justify the cost of tooling and stamping set up.  CNC punching or laser cutting can then be considered as the most economical process.

CNC punching is designed for 10,000 piece or less production runs with holes, louvers and dimples.  If your part has louvers or dimples, then punching is the way to go.  Punching holes in a turret or punch press is much faster than laser cutting a multitude of holes.  Cluster tools can be purchased to punch a series of holes at one time.  Part numbers can also be stamped into the part faster on a punch press.  Typically a CNC punch machine can punch a hole or cluster of holes in less than a second.

The edge condition, scaling, curves in the part and roundness of the holes are also things to consider when deciding on the manufacturing method of a metal fabricated part.   When you have a thin gauge part (such as 16 -22 gauge) with curves or long straight lines, laser cutting will be faster.   Laser cutting parts with oxygen assist gas will produce a carbon scale on the laser edge which can cause problems in welding or powder coating.  If this is a concern then the edge needs to be deburred after laser cutting or nitrogen gas can be used when laser cutting the part.  

These along with nipple marks, scratching and overall finish are just a few of the things to consider when manufacturing sheet metal parts. 

Noble Industries has been in business since 1968 and can be your first choice in fabricated metal parts.  Contact us at 800-466-1926 for a quote, meeting at your location or a tour of our facility.  We would love to help you with all your metal fabrication needs!

Metal Fabrication Technology


When engineers analyze how to make metal parts efficiently, they look at streamlining the metal bending process based on a number of factors.  Some of those factors are quantity, whether the job will repeat, material, and size.    

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