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Metal Fabrication Terminology

Metal fabrication refers to the reshaping and assembly of metal. Manufacturers fabricate metal to use for building purposes, decoration, and to create new objects. In most cases, several of the processes listed below are required to fully fabricate a single item.

  • Machining - Machined metal describes metal that is altered through the use of lathes, mills, drills, or other metalworking tools.
  • Forming - If a piece of metal is bent into a different shape, this process is called forming. Plate steel, for example, can be rolled to create a circular cross section. Forming is used to create and supply the steel beams used on construction sites.
  • Welding - Welding is used to assemble pieces of metal. High heat is applied to melt the surrounding metal along with a filler material. When the area cools, the pieces of metal are strongly joined together. Copper, aluminum, and steel all require different types of filler when welding to create effective bonds.
  • Cutting - This simple type of fabrication uses a saw to modify metal. While most cuts will be straight lines, fabricators may cut decorative shapes out of sheet metal.
  • Stamping - Fabricators can use hot dies to stamp designs into the metal. Cold or hot dies can be used to cut standardized shapes from sheet metal.

    With the exception of on site welding, most metalworkers fabricate metal by machine. However, artists who work with metal will use their hands to form pieces. Ironwork, for example, is often formed by hand. Artists may also use a forge to form ironwork.

    Fabricators & Manufacturers Association
    Rockford, IL 61107
    FMA provides the tools and resources needed by companies to improve operations. We take our industry seriously and are committed to offering the best resources and information available.
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    Great Lakes Welding And Fabrication
    21553 30 Mile Rd, Ray Twp, MI 48096
    Great Lakes Welding and Fabrication is ready for any welding or fabrication job. Contact us today. Great Lakes Welding and Fabrication 21553 30 Mile Rd, Ray Twp, Michigan
    (586) 201-6018
    Detroit Name Plate
    12980 Capital St, Oak Park, MI 48237
    Detroit Name Plate Etching has been in continuous operation since 1911. Our dedicated team will manufacture your nameplate order using our experience and well-oiled manufacturing process.
    (248) 298-0584
    Hi Tech Steel Treating
    2720 Roberts Street, Saginaw, MI 48601
    Hi-Tech Steel Treating offers heat treating services to commercial clients in Michigan and Tennessee. We are ISO 9001:2008 certified and committed to quality customer service.
    (800) 835-8294
    Orion Metal Products
    655 Sherry Dr, Lake Orion, MI 48362
    (248) 690-9690
    Western Engineered Products
    4581 S Lapeer Rd Ste F, Lake Orion, MI 48359
    (248) 371-9259
    Western Engineered Products
    4577 S Lapeer Rd Ste D, Lake Orion, MI 48359
    (248) 371-9259
    Orion Metal Products
    4581 S Lapeer Rd Ste E, Lake Orion, MI 48359
    (248) 481-7957
    Oil Painting Lessons
    80250 Scotch Settlement Rd, Romeo, MI 48065
    (586) 255-9312
    Schaenzle Tool & Die Inc
    1785 E Hamlin Rd, Rochester, MI 48307
    (248) 656-0596
    Thermo Vac Inc
    201 W Oakwood Rd, Oxford, MI 48371
    (248) 969-0300
    Accurate Steel Rule Dies
    275 S Glaspie St Ste C, Oxford, MI 48371
    (248) 236-0799
    Industrial Experimental Technologies
    3199 Lapeer Rd, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
    (248) 371-9078
    2900 Auburn Ct, Auburn Hills, MI 48326
    (248) 853-8822
    Northeast Metal Craft
    35 W Silverdome Industrial Par, Pontiac, MI 48342
    (248) 451-1439
    Rankam Metal Products
    48582 Van Dyke Ave, Utica, MI 48317
    (586) 799-4259

    Proper machinery is a necessity to fabricate metal. Steel, aluminum, and copper are popular metal choices that fabricators use for building machines, structures, and other pieces of equipment used at construction and industrial sites. Employees are experienced at working with metals and follow strict safety guidelines to keep everyone in the shop from getting hurt. Sheet fabricator shops often bend sheet metal, weld, and assemble the pieces of metal to form a structure that a company has ordered. They use elements of architecture in order to create custom orders and have them shaped in a way that keeps the metal strong after it has taken its new shape. Each fabrication company hires contractors that are experienced in working with metal, and understand how to weld, meld, and saw metals safely. Some fabricators concentrate in building certain products, such as metal frames and trailers. Others offer custom services for customers that need something with specific measurements. Companies that offer custom orders employ contractors that have experience in creating certain structures and know what must be done in order to resize or reshape the metal in a way that doesn't hinder the structure's strength. There are companies that manufacture the parts needed for metal fabrication. When hiring a contractor to fabricate stainless steel, aluminum, or copper, it is important for them to know what they can and cannot do with the metal. Customers are able to ask each fabrication company how much they charge, what experience their contractors have, and how long it is expected to take before the order is completed.
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