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What Is a Sheet Metal Fabricator and What Do They Do?

Sheet metal fabrication is the process of building machines and structures using raw materials and a sheet metal fabricator is where all these complex processes take place.

McAlpin Industries metal fabrication machine.
These processes can include a variety of methods to fabricate metal such as:

  • Cutting
  • Forming
  • Stamping
  • Welding
  • Machining
  • Assembly
  • Finishing

Most fabrication shops will offer a variety of sheet metal fabrication options to centralize these processes to a one-stop shop. Consolidating services under one roof allows the production processes to be performed in parallel with one another, which saves both time and money by limiting the number of contractors needed on a complex project.

What are the common metals used in sheet metal fabrication?

Sheet metal fabrication can accommodate a wide variety of metal types, sizes, and shapes to suit the needs of your project.

The most common types are:

  • Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper/Brass
  • Cold Rolled
  • Pre-Plated

Continually investing in new technology such as CNC press brakes, CNC laser cutters, and robotic welding equipment allows metal fabricators the flexibility to adapt the array of metals to whichever purpose you specify.  

Click here to learn more about the resources a sheet metal fabrication manufacturer like McAlpin Industries has to offer.

Sources: thefabricator.com & thomasnet.com

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