3 Type of Metal Fabrication Tools You Didn’t Know About
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

For most of us everything that happens inside a factory remains a mystery.

We never really know how a soda can is produced or how a car door was created. Maybe it’s the seemingly complicated nature of production that keeps us from learning more about them or that we don’t find it an interesting subject to be curious about.

But regardless of that there are many things about industrial processes that everyone should know about especially if they want to make a future in industrial management. Apart from that understanding industrial practices and process also helps in better judging products and their quality.

An important part of all industries is metal fabrication, it is the process through which metal is shaped and reformed to produce shapes useful to use in our daily lives. Metal fabrication is one of the most complex processes and there are many ways of achieving it, some of those are described below:

1. Forging and Stamping

Forging and stamping is one metal fabrication process that can be better understood by learning about its two stages separately, the first of which is forging.

Forging means shaping and forming heated metal through continuous and harsh hammer blows. When the metal is being produced during the forging stage, its internal components follow the default shape of the element. This increases the overall strength of the metal. Forging is generally used for shaping parts the need additional strength such as machine parts, tools and vehicle components.

Alongside forging, another process called stamping also takes place simultaneously. Shaping is the procedure in which the metal sheet is placed over a die. An extreme external pressure is exerted on the metal sheet causing it to reshape itself in the shape of the die itself. Metal parts created from stamping can be mass produced much faster once the colorant is produced. Common products of stamping include beverage cans and brackets.

Forging and stamping are known to be the most economically reasonable processes for long term productions because of the low cost of the tools. They are also preferred over other options for low volume manufacturing jobs that need to be done only on a smaller range.

2. Hand Tools

Metal fabrication processes that involve using hand tools or cutlery are usually done over a range of steps. Sheets of metal are initially rolled to get the needed thickness which helps in creating a thicker position on parts that need further strength. The metal later is passed through an annealing process where the sheets are heated and refrigerated to increase their strength. After cutting off the surplus metal to its frame, a hydraulic press hammers the patterns and details into them and then finally the characteristics of utensils, such as shaping the bowl of a dinner spoon.

3. Boilers and Shipping Containers

Another metal fabrication process that involves using corrosion free metals and treatments to produce shipping containers, boilers and large tanks from cutlery that enables them to endure the harsh industrial environment.


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