DIFFERENT TYPES OF METAL FABRICATION
The different types of metal fabrication fall under the end use of the product being fabricated, or by the type of process used during the fabrication process.
Most metal fabrication falls into three primary categories:
Commercial fabrication refers to work that’s done while creating commercial products. This category covers goods designed for use by consumers. Appliances and cars are both common consumer products that use commercial fabrication.
Industrial fabrication, on the other hand, creates pieces that are used in other equipment. This equipment, in turn, manufactures consumer goods. Manufacturers use most products of industrial fabrication. For instance, bandsaws and ironworking machines are both products of industrial fabrication.
Structural fabrication refers to metalworking that’s done as part of the building process. Usually large-scale fabrication projects create the metal components used by shops, manufacturers, buildings and skyscrapers.
Each of these categories use a wide variety of processes. Metal fabrication can use just one of these processes, and may depend on a combination of processes.
Many metal fabrication projects require multiple steps. Even relatively straightforward products, like a pot or a pan, require a variety of techniques. The metal fabrication process goes beyond simply shaping metal.