Overview: What’s metal fabrication?
The basics of metal fabrication
Metal fabrication is the process of bending, cutting, punching, drawing, casting, machining and assembling metal pieces to create a variety of products with different shapes and features. After fabrication, parts usually need to undergo surface finishing before its end usage.
It is a value-added process involving the creation of machines, parts, and structures from various raw materials. Metal fabrication usually starts with drawings with precise dimensions and specifications. Fabrication shops are employed by contractors, OEMs and VARs.
How does Metal Fabrication Work
There are below common stages in metal fabrication process
●Custom design for process and tools
This is the conceptualization, creation, or analysis of the characteristics of parts and products. Manufacturing a custom metal product will often require a good amount of design and planning. Preparation is critical during the design process, otherwise it could result in structural issues and faulty dimensions. Even the slightest deviation can result in poor quality. So design of manufacturing process and tools are essential for ensuring one successful metal part.
the workpiece is cut to the desired shape. There are many types of tools and machining processes which can remove metal from the workpiece.
The raw metal piece is bent or formed into a 3D shape without removing any material. There are many types of processes which can shape the workpiece.
The completed product may be assembled from several processed workpieces
Appropriate finish must be adopted before the parts are launched to the market