Custom Metal Fabrication

Custom metal fabrication is the art of manufacturing standard shaped metal and various flat metals to form them into certain conformation to fit into a particular mold. The entire process begins with sheet metal either more than half an inch thick or less, already molded into the shape of the desired item. Depending upon the desired shape of the product, various tools are used to bend, crimp, round, square or cut the metal. While tools such as a hammer, hydraulic press, and presses with rollers may be necessary to manufacture certain shapes, other tools may only be needed for basic shaping. For instance, stainless steel is often formed with a drill press. If the customer simply needs a flat rectangular piece of steel, they would not need any special tools to shape it; bending it into the necessary radius is all that is required.

Custom metal fabrication can also be used to cut materials such as aluminum or stainless steel. Although these materials are not normally considered metals in the traditional sense, they are still heat-treated and treated to resist corrosion, making them suitable for fabricating into all kinds of shapes and forms. These specially shaped and formed metals can also be bent into all kinds of neat designs, such as computer enclosures or toy boxes. In fact, if you wanted a toy box that looked like a jet aircraft, you could get one formed from carbon steel and bent into the desired configuration.

There are numerous other applications of custom metal fabrication. For example, many car parts require specific metal fabrication techniques to make certain parts able to withstand the stresses of extreme driving conditions. By forming the metal into the required profiles, the manufacturers are able to reduce fatigue, reduce distortion and raise the effectiveness of the part. In addition, by using metal fabrication techniques such as welding, you can also increase the strength of a component by making minute alterations to the design.

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