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The Process of Metal Fabrication

The process of metal fabrication is the manipulation of metal pieces into desired shapes and sizes for use as a part of, or as a finished product.

The process of metal fabrication is used in just about all phases of life including the manufacturer of appliances, automobiles, aircraft, and farm equipment. From decorative kitchen cabinet handles to large bridges, metal fabrication plays a major role in manufacturing. Metal can be manipulated from templates, to produce a number of pieces of the same design or it can be customized into specific, one-of-a-kind parts or products.

In the process of metal fabrication, certain metals are chosen for their durability, versatility, pliability, and appearance. Once a raw material is selected, it is measured for production. The metal is then manipulated in various ways to produce the desired final product.

Ways of manipulating metal includes:

  • Cutting
  • Rolling
  • Punching
  • Bending
  • Welding

Raw materials used may be in the form of large sheets of metal, pipes, rods or tubes. Modern metalworking techniques include laser cutting and even extremely high-pressure water cutting tools. Metal fabrication frequently includes welding various pieces of material together without losing strength. Cut and welded pieces are often burred and polished for a finished appearance. Metal fabricated pieces can be painted, coated and otherwise finished for final use.

Metal fabrication takes knowledge of various metals and their strengths and weaknesses, metal cutting and welding processes along with an understanding of basic engineering principles. It is an industry that is part art and part science.

While products are frequently manufactured at a metal fabrication facility, there is often a need for portable, on-site welding and fabrication services. In the Sussex County, Delaware area, Marvel’s Portable Welding brings the custom metal fabrication services to you. From boat repair to custom hitches and portable welding to dumpster repair, we can do it all. To learn more about our services, contact Marvel’s Portable Welding.