Metal Fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. It is a value added process that involves the construction of machines and structures from various raw materials. A fabrication shop will bid on a job based on the engineering drawings or part samples. Large fabrication shops will employ a multitude of value added processes in one plant or facility including welding, cutting, forming and machining. These large shops offer additional value to their customers by limiting the need for purchasing personnel to locate multiple vendors for different services.
The metal fabrication process usually starts with part drawings, which include precise measurements, then move to the fabrication stage and finally to the installation of the final project. Typical projects include loose parts, structural frames for buildings and heavy equipment, and stairs and hand railings for buildings, and many other types of projects.