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The Value of One-Stop Metal Fabrication Services

At one point or another, you may have found yourself in need of some expert metal fabrication services. You may be on the lookout for a reputable business to work with professionally, or you may need a prototype produced for personal reasons. No matter your reason, having your project completed by one company rather than moving your project at each stage is the best course of action. 

There are numerous benefits to this one-stop metal fabrication process, all of which we’ll outline below. To learn more about prototyping and metal fabrication, contact the professionals at Elemet Manufacturing today. 

What Do Custom Metal Fabrication and Cutting Services Include?

First, let’s explore what these metal fabrication services entail. As part of the custom metal fabrication process, customers can expect three main steps: laser cutting, metal forming or bending, and surface finishing. Then, if additional services are needed, waterjet cutting, laser cutting, welding, or CNC machining are also offered. 

Laser Cutting Services

Laser cutting is included in one-stop metal fabrication services

Laser cutting is used for metal products and metal materials that aren’t suited to waterjet cutting. Elemet Manufacturing offers several types of this cutting service, depending on what is best for your project. You’ll work with experts to determine if using a CNC flame, Plasma, or CNC machine is best. 

Precision Waterjet Cutting Services 

Precision waterjet cutting making a star pattern in metal.

State-of-the-art water jetting services are a great asset to have when operating a one-stop shop for metal fabrication. Waterjet machines can easily cut through titanium, stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum. By being able to work with this many materials, customers are allowed more design and steel fabrication options. 

CNC Machining and Milling

A CNC lathe is need for one-stop metal fabrication services

If needed, Elemet Manufacturing can also offer further customization. To put it simply, a CNC machine and CNC milling take customization to a whole new level. At Elemet Manufacturing, we are proud to offer both 4-axis and 5-axis machines. These make it possible to produce complex designs that no other machine is capable of doing. These machines can produce 3D shapes, angled features, and curved surfaces, making metal fabrication services truly customizable

Welding Services

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Welding services are also usually offered for full-service metal fabrication services, and Elemet Manufacturing is no exception. If your project requires welding, you can choose from the following: 

  1. MIG, TIG, and Stick welding
  2. Laser welding
  3. Aluminum welding

In addition to these, Elemet Manufacturing also works with: 

  1. Titanium
  2. Steel
  3. Stainless steel
  4. Galvanized
  5. Copper
  6. Brass
  7. Aluminum

Metal Forming or Bending 

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This step is exactly what it sounds like: manipulating metal material into the desired form and shape by using force. This is done with state-of-the-art equipment such as the brake press. 

Surface Finishing 

Lastly, the surfaces of these metal products are “finished” by applying an e-coating or powder coating. 

What are the Benefits of Working With Just One Business? 

Sheet metal ready for metal fabrication services.

When it comes to high-quality metal fabrication services, choosing one reputable company is best for both you and your project. Let’s take a look at the benefits you’ll enjoy by doing so. 

All Work is Done Under One Roof 

For sheet metal fabrication services to be considered full-service, there needs to be both expertise and equipment to meet a wide range of metal fabrication capabilities. These include: 

  • Powder Coating
  • Swaging
  • Tube Bending
  • Punching
  • Machining
  • Welding Services
  • Forming
  • Cutting, which includes: hand sawing, plasma, laser jetting, and water jetting

Faster Production Times 

If you’re operating with a deadline, lead times are very important. A full-service company with custom metal fabrication capabilities won’t need to wait for things like metal parts or design information to be delivered for the process to start. Therefore, lead times are much shorter, and you’ll be able to get the product faster. 

Cost-Effective 

You can’t go wrong with saving money. Custom fabricated metal parts or products can become quite expensive if you take your product to a different vendor for each step. Hiring metal fabrication services that offer the full-service experience are often cheaper than hiring many vendors individually. You also don’t need to worry about any fees associated with transportation from one facility to another. 

Being an Invested Partner 

When just one company provides every step of the manufacturing process, it’s much easier to develop a good working relationship. Working with several vendors can feel overwhelming at times, and jumping from one business to the next doesn’t allow for a solid working relationship to develop. By working with one company through every step of the process, you can be sure that lines of communication are much easier to maintain. With these open lines of communications, professionals you are working with can become more invested in your project. 

End-to-end Manufacturing Production 

High-quality end-to-end manufacturing production is the best way to ensure that quality control and communication are a high priority. Think of this in terms of writing an essay. If a different person writes each paragraph of an essay, it will likely be disjointed and unclear. If one person writes the essay, there can be a clear tone, purpose, and ultimately a better final product. 

If there does happen to be any confusion during the project, it’s easy for one department to consult another to figure things out. If one vendor in New York has a question for another in China, things will undoubtedly take longer to figure out. 

The Ability to Focus on One Prototype or Large Production Runs 

Sometimes, customers will need one custom fabricated prototype. Other times, they will need a large production run to be completed. High-quality, full-service metal fabrication services can do both types of projects. 

One-Stop Metal Fabrication Services Done Right 

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Elemet Manufacturing is dedicated to bringing you precise, high-quality service. A combined force of Precision Waterjet Concepts, founded in 2002, and Aitkin Iron Works, founded in 1935, has integrated these two businesses into one powerhouse company. 

Although they are based in Aitkin, Minnesota, Elemet Manufacturing is able to serve customers nationwide by providing the best one-stop metal fabrication services. By offering welding, painting, 5-axis waterjet cutting, threading, turning, and CNC machining and milling, Elemet Manufacturing provides a truly comprehensive, professional service for anyone looking to complete a project. 

For everything you need when it comes to state-of-the-art, custom fabricated metal fabrication services, hire the experts at Elemet Manufacturing today.

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EMI = Precise Metal Bending

EMI uses a CNC brake press for Metal Bending. This process consists of bending and forming the metal into the desired shape.  In concept, metal bending and forming are simple. However, the actual process requires precision positioning of the tooling and workpiece material, combined with the proper programming of the CNC Press Brake, to achieve the precision bending and forming.

CNC Press Brake Metal Bending Services

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CNC press brake bending is one of the most common sheet metal fabrication operations. Also known as press braking, metalworkers use this method to bend a material into an angular shape.

Press brake metal forming services are used to form a piece of sheet metal along a straight axis into a V, U, or channel shape. The press brake uses specialized molded dies and a punch that helps form the shape of the sheet metal for specific design needs.

Press brake machines rely on high pressure to perform their work. As a result, they can shape most materials, including bronze, copper, aluminum, iron, steel, and composites.

The critical factors influencing the mechanics of bending and forming are the material, sheet thickness, width over which the bend or form occurs, machinery, tooling, and specific metal process.

We can take your custom prototype or design and bring it to life for your specific project and needs. With individual experience averaging over a decade, Elemet Manufacturing’s talented workforce takes pride in maintaining a level of quality second to none. Your products are bent and formed accurately, on time, with minimal distortion and maximum consistency.

The Metal Bending Machine Process

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Hydraulic press brakes work by clamping the workpiece or sheet metal between a matching punch and die. Once the workpiece or sheet metal is positioned underneath the press brake machine punch, the tool setter activates the machine. The press brake machine, using hydraulic pressure, pushes the punch down against the surface of the workpiece into the die, which shapes the workpiece.

Three Types of Metal Bending Services

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There are three types of bending on a press brake. The relationship of the end tool position to the thickness of the material defines each type. These three types are air bending, bottoming, and coining.

1.    Air Bending

The flexibility and relatively low pressure required by air bending make it a popular choice. In the Air bending process, the metal workpiece does not touch the tooling parts entirely. The workpiece rests on 2 points, and a radiused tipped punch pushes the material into a die with a U or V-shaped channel to create the bend.

Air bending can produce different profiles and products using a single set of top and bottom tools and varying press-stroke depth. The bend’s angle is determined by how far the punch tip penetrates the “V” cavity. The greater the penetration of the punch tip, the greater the rise achieved. The stroke depth must be very accurate to achieve a quality bend.

Correcting the bend angle is simple. If the load is released and the material’s spring back results in a wrong angle, it is simple to adjust by applying some more pressure.

Advantages of air bending

  • Requires less bend force
  • Uses smaller tools than other methods
  • No retooling
  • Angle accuracy is approximately ±0.5 deg

2.    Bottoming

In the bottoming process, the metal workpiece is forced against the punch and the groove width opening in the bottom tool.  However, the two pieces do not make complete contact.

The optimum width of the opening (V) should be 6 to 12 times the sheet metal thickness (t) for sheets 3-12 mm thick. The bend radius should be at least 0.8-2t for sheet steel. Bottoming requires a different toolset for each bend angle, sheet thickness, and material.

Advantages of bottoming

  • greater accuracy
  • less spring back

3.    Coining

In the coining process, the top tool forces the material into the bottom die with high force, causing permanent shaping through the workpiece.

Advantages of Coining

  • Very little spring back
  • Can produce an inside radius as low as 0.4t with a V as high as 5t
  • High precision

Issues from Improper Metal Bending Services

Metal Bending tools

Metal bending and forming require proper positioning of the workpiece, the die, and the punch while precisely determining the bending radius, pressure, and clearance. Errors in positioning or bend calculations can result in poorly formed parts that may not fit well with other parts in the assembly process. Types of problems that can occur include:

  • Broken parts
  • A bending edge that is not straight and an unstable size
  • Cracks at the bending angles
  • A bending surface that is too thin
  • An uneven or bulging surface on the part
  • Misaligned holes in the part

Work with EMI for your Metal Bending Services

Man operating CNC Press Brake

Elemet Manufacturing (EMI) has various CNC Press Brake machines to handle any job, no matter the size. CNC technology allows us to provide press brake metal bending and forming faster, more accurately, and with reliable consistency.  Our machines include:

  • Accupress Mechanical 135-ton Press/Brake (10’)
  • Hydraulic 25-ton press
  • Hamilton 250-ton Press

EMI offers creative manufacturing solutions to our clients and eliminates having to work with several different partners, saving you time and money. In addition to our CNC Metal Bending Services, we provide:

  • CNC milling, turning, threading, and machining
  • 5-axis waterjet cutting
  • Welding
  • Fabricating
  • Assembly
  • Inspection

As part of the Elemet Group, we offer one-stop metal manufacturing, machining, fabricating, and coating solutions. Our other group company services include:

The Benefits of Working with Elemet Manufacturing

  • Competitive pricing
  • Fast production times
  • Reliable accuracy and consistency
  • Can produce one prototype or large production runs
  • All work performed under one roof

When you work with us, you are more than a client; you are a valuable partner. Our team at Elemet Manufacturing is happy to assist you with your project and will help you to determine the correct bending and forming method for your needs. Give us a call.

 

 

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Prototyping With A “Cold” Manufacturing Process

Choosing the right metalworking partner for cold-forming metal can be a critical decision. You rely on them to get a prototype produced. However, if you choose the wrong partner, there can be problems.

For instance, the inherent properties of metal present challenges. Metal tends to change its shape, area, volume, and density in response to a change in temperature. As a result, it may easily deform when being processed into your prototype.

To ensure complete satisfaction, you need to choose a CNC machining services provider with experience in the cold manufacturing process.

Because no heat is added to the material, cold-forming sheet metal allows for high speed, precision, and quality production. 

Elemet Manufacturing Inc. (EMI) has decades of experience. We’re an industry leader in custom, extensive work envelope CNC machining services for prototyping and production runs. 

Count on CNC’s machining processes to meet the highest standards of quality and efficiency for cold forming and prototyping. 

EMI is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company.

What Is The Prototyping Process 

workers examining prototype Bringing a new product to market involves the design, market research, and manufacturing of your product. 

Prototyping is the part of this process where a working model of the product is made and tested. A manufacturer can make a prototype from the same material as the end product. You can use an alternative material for the prototype for testing purposes.

A sheet metal prototype is a model of a metallic product. Your prototype is built according to your design to test your concept or process. In addition, it provides you with a physical sample that can be replicated. 

For your product to be a success, you need to start with an excellent prototype model. 

A Short Overview Of Metal Cold Forming Processes

Cold forming is the process of forging metal below its recrystallization temperature. It is shaped at near room temperature.

The scope cold forming uses is wide and varied. It includes complex shapes such as riveted joints, screw heads, threads, and a vast number of other applications.

Cold-forming techniques are often split into four categories: squeezing, bending, drawing, and shearing. 

The cold-forming process uses the pressure and speed of a mechanical or hydraulic press. The press takes a metal ‘blank’ (a flat piece of metal) and shapes it using a ‘punch’ and ‘die’ set. Basically, the punch is the tool used for shaping, and the ‘die’ is the clamp that holds the metal.

The metal blank will form around the punch as it’s hammered into the die. The blank takes the correct shape without material waste. 

This process is all carried out at room temperature and is known as cold forming or cold forming sheet metal.

Cold forming can be used on a variety of metals, including aluminum, copper, brass, steel, and stainless steel.

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Advantages Of Cold Forming Process For Prototyping 

The cold-forming process has several advantages, including higher production speed, minimal material waste, and a more robust end product.

High-Speed Production

Because high temperatures are not used on the metal material, cold-forming allows for high-speed production, around 100 parts per minute. In addition, the cold forming process eliminates the need for several additional machining operations. This reduces the time needed to complete the manufacturing process.

Little Material Waste

The high percentage of material utilization in cold-forming means that material waste is significantly reduced, if not eliminated.

Traditional metal manufacturing processes, due to offcuts, etc., can generate significant waste. For example, cutting, milling, and grinding can result in 80% or more of the original material being converted to waste.

In stark contrast, cold forming uses 100% of the original material.

Cold forming brings benefits that are both environmental and financial. There are considerable cost reductions that the process of cold-forming metal can achieve.

Stronger End Product

All the original material is used. The metal is stretched beyond its yield strength but with no adverse effect on its tensile strength. 

Because there is a restructuring of the material grain as the part is formed, the result is improved tensile strength. 

The metal becomes more rigid and stronger, much like a sawn piece of timber becomes stronger along its length.

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Disadvantages Of Using A Cold Forming Process

There are some disadvantages of cold forming sheet metal, including:- 

  • A more limited variety of metals for which the process is effective 
  • A lesser scope of shapes and forms that can be achieved 
  • Higher setup costs 
  • Greater manufacturer experience is required to be successful

Limited Metal Types

The main disadvantage of cold-forming sheet metal is that the process cannot be used for every type of metal. The reality is that some metals are more likely to crack. For instance, certain steel types with a .5% or above carbon content cannot successfully withstand the process. 

Limited Shapes And Forms

Another disadvantage is that cold forging can only create specific shapes. Those shapes are usually more basic and mass-produced. If you’re looking for a custom metal piece, a different process will probably work better for your desired outcome.

Higher Setup Costs

High production quantities are required to justify the high setup costs of cold-forming sheet metal. Quantities of 25,000 to 100,000 per year are needed.

Greater Experience Required

Compared to hot forming, the loads required to deform material are high and material deformability is low. A team with a  high degree of manufacturing experience is needed to achieve complex geometries.

What conclusion do you come to after this consideration of cold-forming and prototyping?

You can likely see the many advantages of cold-forming your prototype and have learned some potential pitfalls. Indeed, choosing the right metalworking partner for cold-forming metal can be a crucial decision. That’s particularly true if you rely on them to get a prototype produced.

For peace of mind, trust the expert team at Elemet Manufacturing to care for your cold forming and prototyping needs. Contact us today!

 

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Metal Turning 101

Metal turning and spinning date back thousands of years. The first pictorial evidence that archaeologists uncovered in the tomb of the fourth-century Egyptian pharaoh Petosiris. The picture features an illustration of two men operating an ancient lathe. 

Technicians can do metal turning by hand, but most shops have incorporated mechanized lathes into their operations. Today, we’re going to look at an introduction to metal turning. We’ll cover questions like: What is metal turning? What metals can be turned? What can be formed through the process of metal turning? And more.

At Elemet Manufacturing, Inc., our experienced machinists and drafting technicians carefully match our technology with your design needs from beginning to end. You can rely on our metal turning processes to meet the highest-quality and most efficient standards. Contact us today!

metal turning machine What Is Metal Turning?

Turning is the most basic machining process. It is also the most common lathe machining operation

During the metal turning process, a cutting tool subtracts metal pieces from a rotating workpiece’s outer diameter. The main objective of metal turning is to reduce the workpiece to the desired dimensions. 

Turning can be on the external surface of the part or internally, also called boring. The material used in this production is generally a workpiece generated by other processes, such as casting, forging, extrusion, or drawing.

Metal turning is a form of machining. It is a material removal process used to create rotational parts by cutting unwanted material. 

The metal turning process requires a turning machine or lathe, a workpiece, a fixture, and a cutting tool. The workpiece is a piece of pre-shaped metal secured to the fixture. The fixture is attached to the turning machine and rotated at high speeds. 

The cutter is typically a single-point cutting tool connected to the device. However, some operations use multi-point tools. The chosen cutting tool feeds into the rotating workpiece and cuts away material in small chips to create the desired shape.

Turning produces rotational, typically axis-symmetric parts with many features, such as holes, grooves, threads, tapers, various diameter steps, and even contoured surfaces. Parts that are fabricated entirely through turning often include limited-run components, perhaps for prototypes. 

Metal turning is also commonly used as a secondary process to add or refine features on manufactured parts using a different approach. Due to the surface finishes and high tolerances that metal turning offers, it is ideal for adding precision rotational features to an element whose basic shape has already formed.

Now, let’s take an in-depth look at different types of metal turning and some complementary processes:

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Boring

Boring is the metalworking process of enlarging a hole already drilled (or cast) using a single-point cutting tool (or a boring head containing several such tools). Boring is commonly used to achieve greater accuracy of a hole’s diameter and can be used to cut a tapered hole. Boring is the internal-diameter counterpart to turning, which cuts external diameters. 

Chamfer Turning

Similar to step turning, chamfer turning creates an angled transition of a square edge between surfaces with different turned diameters.

Contour Turning

In a contour turning operation, the cutting tool axially follows the path using predefined geometry. Multiple passes of a contouring tool are necessary to create the desired shapes in the finished product. 

Drilling

Drilling is the metalworking process of removing material from the inside of a workpiece. This process uses standard drill bits held stationary in the tool turret of the lathe. Separately available drilling machines can do the procedure.

Facing

Facing in the context of metal turning work involves moving the chosen cutting tool at right angles to the workpiece’s rotation axis. Facing is performed by the operation of the cross-slide. The first operation is often performed in the workpiece’s production and frequently the last – hence the phrase “ending up.”

Grooving

In metalworking, grooving is similar to parting, but grooves are cut to a specific depth instead of severing the part entirely from the stock. Machinists can perform grooving on internal and external surfaces and the part’s face (also known as face grooving or trepanning).

Hard Turning

Hard turning consists of metal turning for materials with a Rockwell C hardness more significant than 45. It is typically performed after the workpiece has been heat-treated. The hard turning process tends to replace more traditional grinding operations. 

Hard turning is appropriate for parts requiring a roundness accuracy of 0.5-12 micrometers or surface roughness of Rz 0.8–7.0 micrometers. Hard turning applications include gears, injection pump components, and hydraulic components, among other applications. 

Knurling

Knurling is cutting a serrated pattern onto the surface of a part to use as a handgrip using a specific purpose knurling tool.

Parting

The parting process, also called parting off or cutoff, creates deep grooves that remove a completed or partially completed component from its parent stock.

Polygonal Turning

Polygonal turning is a turning process in which non-circular forms are machined without interrupting the raw material’s rotation. 

Reaming

Reaming is a sizing operation that removes a small amount of metal from a hole already drilled. Reaming is used for making internal holes of extremely accurate diameters. For example, a 6mm hole is made by drilling with a 5.98 mm drill bit and then reamed to precise dimensions. 

Spherical Turning

Spherical turning produces a ball shape on the workpiece.

Step Turning

The process of step turning creates two surfaces with an abrupt change in diameters between them. The finished product resembles a step.

Tapered Turning

Tapered turning produces a conical surface by gradual reduction or increase in diameter from a cylindrical workpiece. This tapering operation has a wide range of use in the construction of machines. 

Almost all machine spindles have taper holes that receive taper shank of various tools and work holding devices. Tapered turning produces a ramp transition between the two surfaces of the workpiece with different diameters. The result is due to the angled motion between the workpiece and a cutting tool.

Threading

Both standard and non-standard screw threads can be turned on a lathe using an appropriate cutting tool. Either externally or within a bore, generally referred to as single-point threading.

What Metals Can Machinists Turn?

Now that we’ve covered “what is metal turning,” let’s turn to what Machinists can turn materials, and they utilize several different metals in the metal turning process:

  • Ferrous metals, such as iron, steel, or cast iron
  • Aluminum
  • Brass and other copper alloys
  • Hi-temp nickel alloys
  • Titanium
  • Other non-ferrous metals

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Why Work With A Metal Turning Shop?

There’s no easy way to describe the benefits of high-quality, precision machining and its importance in today’s manufacturing economy. Hopefully, today, we’ve answered the primary question, “what is metal turning”? 

At Elemet Manufacturing, Inc., our experienced machinists and drafting technicians carefully match our technology with your design needs from beginning to end. You can rely on our metal turning processes to meet the highest-quality and most efficient standards. Contact us today!

 

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Metal Fabrication

An Introduction To Metal Fabrication

Projects produced by metal fabrication surround us in our everyday lives, from simple things like grills or hand railings to heavy equipment and large machinery. Cutlery, hand tools, nuts and bolts, springs, wires, screws, and many architectural products are prime examples.

Manufacturers use metal fabrication to shape iron, steel, copper, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, bronze, or any other workable metal. The only requirement is that the chosen metal needs to have the ability to change its configuration, shape, or thickness.

Elemet Manufacturing, Inc. (EMI) can handle production runs ranging from one prototype through large amounts. Our metal fabrication process consists of bending, cutting, and assembling building structures according to your specifications as an end-to-end fabrication provider. EMI works on your project from start to finish.

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Defining Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication is a manufacturing process that forms the metal into finished parts or end-products.

We convert metals into many different structures through the use of metal fabrication techniques. The techniques in the metal fabrication process can vary but normally include:

  • cutting,
  • welding,
  • burning,
  • machining,
  • forming,
  • and assembling into the required end-product.

Many metal fabricators use sheet metal for this type of manufacturing. The sheet metal can be up to 0.25 inches thick.

Fabricators convert this sheet metal into tools or other products. They cut, fold, or shape metal to create finished pieces.

Manufacturers use metal fabrication to mass-produce. But it can also be used for different-sized runs of customized fabricated metal pieces. These projects typically include the customized design and fabrication of metal parts to fit a business’s needs.

For metal fabrication, both human labor and robotic automation are necessary. Shops specializing in this type of metalwork are called fabrication shops or “fab shops.”

Most metal fabrication is carried out in these shops by experts. These experts are well-versed in welding, ironwork, blacksmithy, and other complementary professions. You will also find people who are well-versed in cutting or punching, press machine operators, lathe operators, welders, assemblers, solderers, and brazers.

Metal fabricators have learned to constantly change production lines as customer needs ask for various products that suit their specific business requirements.

All The Things That Make Up Metal Fabrication

Fabricated metal pieces are commonplace. However, few lay people understand how the fabrication process works. We will explain.

Many people only think of welding when they hear the term “metal fabrication.” But welding is only one process that metal fabricators use. Welding involves joining two metal pieces together with molten metal. Welding techniques are constantly evolving.

Most industrial metal fabrication will involve cutting. Originally, metal fabricators used saws for this process. Modern fabrication shops, however, use waterjets, plasma, and laser cutting methods. The choice will depend both on the complexity of the cutting and the cost of the cutting.

Any parts that need to be bent will need the folding process. Most fabrication shops use brake presses that are either manually, hydraulically or motor-driven. Some forms and shapes are mass-produced with metal dies.

The machining process involves removing metal from raw metal to form specific shapes. Manufacturers use drills, lathes, and other cutting machines for this purpose.

Another process often used in metal fabrication before assembly or metal forming is punching. Dies are extensively used in punching.

Stamping is a process very similar to punching. However, it may not require the cutting of the metal, whereas punching does.

Shearing is a process that requires cutting the metal down to the required size. The process is often carried out on sheet metal.

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Walking Through The Steps Of Metal Fabrication

Though most metal fabrication projects indeed focus on cutting and shaping metal, several sub-processes are typically involved in a successful manufacturing project.

The entire metal fabrication process starts with a design and ends with a finished and functional part.

Here’s a short breakdown of the three main steps in a typical fabrication project:

First, designing the project. 

The first (and likely most important) step is the design of the part/end-product. Some businesses come to us with a completed design. But some come to us with a prototype. In either case, we work with our customers to refine and test the design before starting a large run.

Many metal fabricators use computer-aided design programs (CAD) during the manufacturing process. Using CAD programs, we can develop a 3D prototype of an object before beginning work with the metal.

This phase helps to ensure that the end-product will function as required.

We’ll also work with our customers during this initial design process to clarify which types of metal to use and any required finishing process.

Second, building the part.

The second step encompasses the actual building process. During this building phase, a metal fabricator cuts and shapes each of the design phase components.

There’s a wide range of tools and expertise used in these projects. We often employ CNC (computer numerical controls) tools to ensure that each piece is cut exactly to the design specifications. These CNC tools extract a computer program of the exact commands and specifications used to create a piece.

Third, assembling & finishing the project.

The last step in metal fabrication is finishing and assembling the pieces into the final end-product. This finishing step strengthens the product and ensures that it’s ready for its intended use.

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The Benefits Of Using A Metal Fabrication Shop

The main benefit of using a metal fabrication shop is the centralization of these metal fabrication processes, which often perform in parallel via multiple vendors.

A one-stop metal fabrication shop helps contractors limit their need to work with multiple vendors to complete complicated projects.

EMI can handle production runs ranging from one prototype through large amounts. Our metal fabrication process consists of bending, cutting, and assembling building structures according to your specifications as an end-to-end fabrication provider. EMI works on your project from start to finish.