Metal has become the centre of manufacturing, construction and engineering projects. Its popularity has grown because manufacturers have invented excellent ways to fabricate and form metal into different products. However, very few people think about the processes that turn the material extracted from ore into the finished products they use at home or in their projects. If you have a design, construction or manufacturing project that needs metallic components, it is time to start learning about fabrication processes and their outcomes. Here are a few of those processes and what you should know about them.

The Use of CNC Machining

Machining involves the removal of unwanted bits from a piece of metal to create the finished product. Machining includes processes like drilling, turning and milling. For example, fabricators use lathes to turn metallic bits at a speed that allows them to remove unwanted bits all around. They might also use a drilling tool to punch a hole in the metal and create the desired design. If your object is complex, the fabricators will recommend milling, which involves various cutting tools combined together using computer numeric control. The machines are programmed to handle the processes in succession, resulting in the final product.

The use of Compression to Forge

Compression is an essential force used in metal fabrication. It involves taking the metal and forcing it through compression to achieve a desired shape or outcome. The process is often carried out manually and includes heating and then shaping the metal. The professional heats the metal to a point where it can easily bend. Then, they use a hammer or other object like a die-cast to hit the metal repeatedly and shape or form it into the desired shape. It is one of the oldest fabrication processes and is still widely used in manufacturing. 

The Use of Lasers and Other Cutting Tools

Cutting is another common way to fabricate metal. At the surface level, it might seem like nothing more than just using an object with the capacity to cut through metal. However, the process is a little more intricate than that. Lasers and water jets have improved this fabrication process. For example, using laser jets to cut through metal has made fabrication more precise and efficient than older methods. Power scissors and plasma are other cutting tools.

These are some of the processes that fabricators will use when making the metal into your desired shapes and forms. Speak to a trusted and reliable fabricator about the procedures and what you want to create. They will help you meet your needs. For more information on fabrication manufacturing, contact a professional near you.