What Is Precision Metal Fabrication?

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If you’ve heard of precision metal fabrication, you may be curious about what this type of fabrication actually is. In a nutshell, precision metal fabrication is a process that involves molding and cutting metal into a precise shape. Read on if you would like to learn more about how this is done.

Custom Metal Fabrication

Before metal can be molded, a shape must be decided upon. When a product or part is mass produced, the same shape is used over and over again. If a metal product is made for an individual, however, the shape is created specifically for the client in question.

With the right tools, metal can be molded into all kinds of shapes. It can be cut into tiny, intricate parts, or it can be built into a large, durable box. Metal is a popular material because it is so versatile; you can produce all kinds of different things with metal.

Punching And Shearing

In many cases, molds are used during the process of metal fabrication. A mold is used to make shapes from a sheet of metal. The shapes are punched into the sheet, and then the pieces are cut out.

While this was once done by hand, it is now done by machinery. There are a lot of machines that are capable of punching and shearing metal, and nearly all of these machines can be paired with a variety of molds. Machines can even be used alongside custom molds. With the right machine, people can produce exactly what they want.

Welding

In the past, welding was the primary technique used in the shaping of metal. While there are now other tools used alongside, welding, it is still common to see people use welding techniques when fabricating metal.

Welding is a process that uses heat to combine pieces of metal. When metal reaches a high temperature, it becomes softer and more pliable. The metals are combined during this time. As the metal cools, the two pieces remain joined together. Typically, a press or a hammer is used to join the metals, and a blowtorch or an electric arc is used to heat the metals.

Laser Cutting

While machines and tools are often used to mold metal into a desired shape, lasers are used to cut the metal before the job is completed. Why lasers? To start, lasers are able to cut with a high level of efficiency. When lasers are used, no mistakes will be made.

In addition, laser cutting typically leaves clean edges behind. Smooth edges are essential when it comes to precision metal fabrication. Once a laser is used on the metal, you won’t be able to tell that the metal ever held a different form.

Precision metal fabrication is quite complex. There are many different tools and techniques used to shape metals, and there are many types of metal that are molded. However, metal fabrication is something that we rely on. Everyone from the military to businesses to private individuals use items that were molded from metal.

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