Understanding Metal Fabrication and Its Customization Methods

People who are in need of metal products must develop a deep understanding about metal fabrication. Fabricating metals is a complex process and it involves an integration of chain of other processes. Custom fabrication of metals is another face of it and people who need metalwork done need to understand the advantages of customization too. But first and foremost the different fabrication techniques must be well understood.

Metal Fabrication
Metal Fabrication

Various Fabrication Methods: 

  • Metal Joining: It is a commonly used fabrication method. The metal joining is a broad term, which includes processes like welding, binding with metal adhesives, riveting etc. If we look around, we will find many objects around us that are built using any one or many of these processes.
  1. In welding process two metal pieces are joined together using high heat flames and fillers. The fillers melt under high heat and act as a metal joining adhesive. When the temperature cools down the fillers return back to normal solidified state joining the metal pieces. This is a very commonly used metal fabrication process.
  2. There are some metal adhesives too which can be used to join different metal parts.
  3. In riveting, unlike welding, heat is not used instead metal rivet is used.

All the three ways have their own pros and cons. Hence the fabrication method chosen is highly task specific.

  • Metal Cutting: Cutting simply means, as the name implies, to cut the metals into desired shapes and sizes. It may sound extremely labour intensive but this metal fabrication process needs more accuracy and precise technicalities than any other fabrication process. The first variant of this process is sawing the metal using large cutting machine or through manual labour. Metal torches like oxy-acetylene flames or plasma torches are also used to cut the metal using high heat.

The CNC metal cutting machines are the most popular and widely used technique for cutting metals. Chosen size, shapes and designs are pre-installed in the machine using computer programs. The metals are cut in desired designs using laser cutting tools, manual tools, water jets, etc. This particular metal fabrication process is highly precise. Hence it is very useful in intricate metal projects.

  • Metal Binding: This typical fabrication process involves shaping metals as desired by bending them. Both manual and machine operated bending is done in today’s metal industries. As manual bending is conventional and labour intensive method contemporary machine binding methods are gaining more popularity with passing days. The bent metal items are tougher and stronger than joined metals items.
  • Finishing Touches: Once the metal objects are cut, bent and joined the need for final touches surface. The finishing touches of metal fabrication include painting, applying protective coats, sandblasting, etc. These are done to protect metal objects from corrosion and also to increase the aesthetic value of the objects. The metal manufacturers are best people who can advice on which finishing touch and protective finish suits the particular metal object best.

Benefits of Customized Fabrication: 

The first and foremost benefit of customized fabrication is that your metal object and its design can be completely unique. Your fabricator can work with you, understanding the personality and requirement of your home or office, and deliver the metal fabrication accordingly. By delivering customized metal objects the fabricator helps you increase the uniqueness and personalization of your property. Another benefit of personalization is that minute details can be added. In such metal works craftsmanship and aesthetics go hand in hand. You can also incorporate things like logos or embellishments into your metal work using the customized fabrication methods. It is about adding a personal touch into the metal works.

Hope this above mentioned information help you to understand benefits of customized metal fabrication:


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