When it comes to turning metal into different shapes, there are many different names that can be associated with it. As a general term, manipulating metal is widely known as fabrication. Metal fabrication, or industrial fabrication Tallahassee, happens when raw materials (like metals and alloys) are turned into specific shapes to help meet any industrial or commercial demands that need it. This is true for prefabricated buildings and other fabricated projects.
That being said, there are actually many different types of fabrication. Here is a short list and explanation of each.
This is one of the most commonly known types of fabrication and involves shaping a raw material and removing the excess material until the correct shape is made. Even within machining there are multiple types of fabrication. They include the following:
- Milling – this is where a rotating blade(s) create specific designs in a material
- Drilling – this is where a drill-like machine cuts round holes in a material
- Turning – this is similar to pottery in that the material is spun by a lathe to remove any excess
Shearing is a type of fabrication that cuts a long sheet of metal. Usually, there is a metal-cutting machine that the sheet is run through horizontally, but in some cases the machine takes the sheet through it vertically. This is a common type of fabrication when a different sheet size is needed and it needs to be trimmed.
This is probably the most common form of metal fabrication, since metals may need to be cut into a variety of shapes. Cutting metal into thirds, halves, or custom sections can be done with a saw, but there are many more machines that can help with that including water jets, laser cutters, plasma and more.
When a piece of metal needs holes in it, punching can be used. Using die and a special drill, they punch through it.