Metal fabrication is a broad term referring to the process that cuts, shapes, or molds metal material into a final product. Instead of assembling a product from ready-made components, metal fabrication creates a product from raw or semi-finished materials.
There are many different manufacturing processes in metal fabrication, depending on both metal material and the desired product. The following are different types of metal fabrication processes that occur after the initial stages of project planning:
This is usually the first step in a fabrication project. A sheet of metal is split into smaller sections by sawing, laser cutting, waterjet cutting, or plasma cutting by CNC or power tools.
Molten metal is poured into a die to cool and harden over time to create a product. This helps produce multiple identical parts.
Welding involves bringing two metal parts together through a combination of heat and pressure.
Stamping and punching
Stamping uses a press to create indentations and raises metal to create specific shapes., and punching creates holes in metal by placing the metal between a punch and a die.
In this process, metal is bent at different angles. Products such as shelf brackets or computer equipment are produced via this method.
Forging is one of the oldest types of fabrication. It uses compressive force to shape metal. A hammer or a die is used to strike the metal workpiece until the desired shape is formed.
Straight upper and lower cutting blades, or a punch and die, are used in this process to make a long cut and split sheet metal into two portions.
Different cutting and shaping tools are used to remove sections from a piece of metal. The metal will be rotated against certain tools to cut away pieces of the product until it’s reached its desired shape or size.
Choosing a Fabricator
It is important to choose a custom metal fabrication shop or custom metal manufacturer that can fulfill a project’s needs because it can affect the manufacturing rate, production quality, and cost-effectiveness of a project.
QTC operates two metal fabrication factories and works with more than 80 metal manufacturers in China, providing custom metal fabrication for a variety of US & European clients. They provide high-quality steel, aluminum, and stainless-steel components through cutting-edge technology to ensure accuracy and on-time delivery. Besides, QTC has good relationships with many material suppliers and owns an assembling factory. They can control the whole supply chain from the material to finished products.