The Processes Within Custom Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a general term used for the process of transforming raw metal into a working piece. Metal fabrication may involve hot-water spinning or grinding, bending, drilling, punching and cutting. The fabrication of metal may be part of a larger production process such as fabricating a whole section of a metal or a component of a metal. Metal fabrication may also involve the fastening of varying shapes to a particular metal.

Metal fabrication is especially useful in the building of mechanical parts and components, such as valves, bearings, pump sets, and springs. Many people envision a simple brass wire stretched across a stainless steel bolt as the foundation of a modern-day motorbike. Although this is certainly an example of a complex manufacturing process, there are many more simple processes that go into the fabrication of metal. In order to get a stainless steel bolt or plate made into a brass-bodied part, for instance, a fabricator would need a lathe, a tooling, a heat-rolling machine, and a press. Without these initial parts, it is unlikely any custom fabrication would even take place.

Metal fabricating is also used in the production of cutting-edge construction equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, generators, and aircraft. Because welding and cutting require two distinct types of metal to perform, there is a need to use two different types of fabrication in order to achieve the desired end result. A typical example of this is the case of a CNC (Computer Numerated Control) welding machine used to fabricate the internal components of airplanes. By combining welding and cutting capabilities, fabricating a single plane aircraft could take several days while a twin-engine airframe can be constructed in a fraction of that time. Custom Metal Fabrication is a dynamic process that continues to evolve to meet the needs of customers around the world