What is Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a process which involves building a variety of equipment ranging from machinery to metallic structures from raw metal. It includes processes like designing, cutting, burning, processing and assembling the final products. Metal fabrication includes designing simple metal sheets to more complex structures used in the building and construction injury. A one stop metal fabrication shop has helped contractors to avoid going to different vendors for a variety of purposes and can help simplify several processes. Metal fabrication includes all of the following

  • Manufacturing cutlery and other metal tools
  • Designing metallic structures used for architectural purposes
  • Manufacturing hardware for industrial and commercial purposes
  • Screw, nuts and bolts manufacturing
  • Stamping and forging

The metal fabrication has a great deal of scope in industrial use. Professional metal fabricators have several options to create a variety of parts and products which can be put to further industrial use. A variety of fabrication processes are carried out on different metals and alloys.

These include all of the following

Cutting the metal

Power scissor are used to cut metals in the fabrication industry and doesn’t require a great deal of manual effort. When it comes to cutting a large amount of material mechanical saws and laser blades are used. Lasers work well on carbon steel because it’s very strong ad durable and requires something extreme to cut through its tough layers.

Removing excess material from the metal

Fabricators can remove material from metals with the help of machining. The material is rotated against a cutting tool. The machine has a number of axes defines the range of motion of the machine.

Punching

Punching involves the use of scissors, pressure is used to create a hole into the metal. This in turn helps to remove the slug and the scrape. The punch helps create cut out shapes of different dimensions and sizes. It punches geometric shapes like a square and circle.

Blanking

Blanking involves removing large portions of metals from different spaces on the metal sheets. Fabricators can blank several pieces in a single setting. Products made through this process are usually used for decoration purposes or for jewellery and making watches.

Stamping and Shearing

Stamping involves raising a bit of metal without blanking it out. Shearing makes use of two different tools which can help shape the metal into a required part.

Bending

Fabricator make use of a break press machine to bend a metal into a certain shape. The machine makes use of two tolls and the metal is placed between these tools. The tools can be operated automatically or manually.

Spinning

Spinning can help shape metal into cylindrical structures. Force is applied to one side of the metal which needs to be rolled. Application include manufacturing of cooking utensils, satellite dishes and musical instruments.

Metals which can be fabricated include steel, carbon steel, aluminium, black iron sheets and stainless steel sheets. If you are interested to learn more about metal fabrication make sure you check out the fabrication processes carried out at Rose Valley Steel Works.