A Look at Some Custom Metal Fabrication Processes

Custom metal fabrication is a broad category generally referring to any method that molds, cuts, or forms metal into a finished product. Instead of a pre-constructed part being formed from assorted ready-made parts, custom fabrication makes a final piece from loosely shaped or unfinished materials. This may involve working with cast iron, sheet metal, stainless steel, copper, or any other type of metal and finishing it using one of many finishing techniques. There are four common types of custom metal fabrication processes, each defining the products created from different metals.

The most conventional form of custom metal fabrication is sheet metal cutting. Metal cutting involves making a mock or accurate shape from sheet metal using machines such as routers or lathes. Often used in construction, building-engineering or art production, this is an extremely time-consuming procedure requiring elaborate details to be made while the work is in progress.

Tube bending is another form of custom metal fabrication that uses precise circular machining to create hollow parts. Many hollow parts found within aircraft are made this way. Tube bending is often employed for precision manufacturing of airframes, landing gears, landing shields, and a variety of other parts; however, it can also be applied to sheet materials such as stainless steel. This makes it ideal for use in the custom aluminum fabrication where a large number of identical components need to be formed into a single part. Stainless steel fabrication typically refers to forming a part from stainless steel using either circular or flat-wire methods.