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Metal: Its fabrication processes and usefulness in our lives

by stuartemilya

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A lot of today’s industries that make use of
metals have to resort to various metal
processes in able to achieve the best result for the
commodities that they produce. The general notion of fabrication is subjecting
metal to the methods of bending, cutting, and putting of different metal pieces
together to create some sort of structure. Needless to say, it is a job for
professionals who have years of experience in the business and have exhaustive
knowledge in the whole procedure.

Below are the stages involved in metal
fabrication processes:

  • Manual or
    mechanical metal cutting is done to
    achieve the desired size for the metal sheet. Techniques like sawing, shearing,
    and chiseling are as well involved in this metal fabrication stage. A new
    technique which is much convenient for both the fabricator and the client is
    being used nowadays. This technique is called metal
    laser cutting
    . It is the more preferred method as it would take
    only a short period to achieve the desired product.

  • After the metal has been cut, the next step
    is bending it to form different shapes. Generally, metal bending is
    being done by press braking or hammering with the sheet metal clamped with the
    use of punches and dies.

  • The steel fabrication process is then concluded by
    applying measuring, welding, fastening, riveting, or binding techniques to the metal

Metal stamping is also often done to fabricate metal
sheets.  This is a method that is
compatible with the production of large quantities of the same metal part. It
starts by creating a stamp or a mold which is positioned in a machine to stamp
parts of the metal sheets. In simpler terms, it can this process can be
compared cutting cookies with a cookie cutter. But metal stamping
is not as easy as it involves really strong materials that can only be
fabricated with equally strong machineries. This process also requires heavy
concentration as the stamp or the design is being executed into the metal sheet
and even involves repetitive cycles in able get the intended result.

materials can be used for metal fabrication. Steel is the most common, but
other material such as aluminum, brass,
copper, nickel, and different alloys can as well be utilized depending on what
will best suit the commodity to be produced. At times, the fabricated metal is
also painted or coated to enhance its protection and for its endurance to
corrosion to get higher.

Industries go this great length of fabricating
metal. You may wonder why, but if you come to think of it, metal is a huge part
of our daily lives. There are a lot of places that we go to daily, and items
that we use every now and then that are made up of metal parts. You just have
to take one look on the composition of buildings like offices, schools,
churches, and even your own home; and the make up of the gadgets that you use,
and you will realize how can all these things come into actuality without having
to use metal.

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