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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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    Astro Engineering and Manufacturing Inc.
    11059 Lamont Ave Ne, Hanover, MN 55341
    A trusted supplier of quality metal fabricated products since 1987. Providing a complete range of metal fabrication services. Innovative solutions & cost effective design.
    (763) 777-8087
    Waterjet Cutting Solutions
    10361 Jamestown St Ne, Blaine, MN 55449
    Turn to Waterjet Cutting Solutions for your metal cutting and fabrication needs. Contact us today in Blaine, MN, to learn more about our services.
    (763) 312-7804
    WJ Haas Manufacturing Corporation
    160 Wabasha Street S, St Paul, MN 55107
    Contact us at (612) 430-7413 in St. Paul, MN, to discover how our custom metal products welders can bring your metal fabrication ideas to life.
    (612) 430-7413
    Work Out World
    2550 W Division St, Saint Cloud, MN 56301
    (320) 281-5088
    Sentra - Sota Sheet Metal Inc
    3075 3rd St S, Waite Park, MN 56387
    (320) 252-3992
    Horizon Roofing & Sheet Metal
    2010 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387
    (320) 252-1608
    Buysse Roofing of St Cloud
    2904 7th St S, Waite Park, MN 56387
    (320) 255-9140
    Cwmf-Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating Inc
    701 Julep Rd, Waite Park, MN 56387
    (320) 251-1306
    April S Lee and Associates
    14 7th Ave N, Saint Cloud, MN 56303
    (320) 253-0200
    Northern Metal Products
    6601 Ridgewood Rd, Saint Cloud, MN 56303
    (320) 252-3442
    Sheet Metal Workers Local 10
    1903 4th St N, Saint Cloud, MN 56303
    (320) 259-6006
    Metal Fab of Cold Spring Inc
    17015 County Road 158, Cold Spring, MN 56320
    (320) 685-9814
    Minnesota Dock Systems
    325 Lincoln Ave Ne, Saint Cloud, MN 56304
    (320) 251-3640
    Mumms Ironworks
    3635 31st St Se, Saint Cloud, MN 56304
    (320) 252-5392
    Little Shop Welding & Repair
    31247 County Road 2, Saint Joseph, MN 56374
    (320) 363-0485

    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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