If your business deals in metal parts or structural steel, you may have to perform in-house metal fabrication. However, if you instead hire out this type of work, you may have a number of questions about the process. This is not at all unusual, so below are some common questions about metal fabrication below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Metal Fabrication
What does metal fabrication entail?
Whenever you cut, shape, or join metals together, you are participating in the fabrication process. For instance, some of the most common procedures include welding, drilling, stamping, punching, milling, and forging, each of which uses a different type of machine to transform metals into a particular shape.
What is the difference between milling & drilling?
Milling and drilling are very similar. Each uses a rotary tool to create holes in the metal. Drilling uses one or more bits to create circular holes of any depth, and the cutting direction moves straight down the tool's long axis. Milling, on the other hand, creates non-circular holes with a multi-headed tool that typically approaches the part from any number of directions.
What is welding?
Welding uses heat—often created by an electrical arc between the tool and the base metal—or sometimes pressure or friction, to turn two pieces of metal molten at the joint. They will then flow together and bond chemically during cooling.
What is a welding shield gas?
Remnants of oxygen from the atmosphere can cause the metal in a welded joint to corrode/rust. To prevent this, a shield gas like nitrogen or helium is blown onto the join point during welding to shield the metal from oxygen contamination.
Metal fabrication is an essential part of many manufacturing projects, and the more you know about it the more use you can make of it. To discuss your options, contact Douglass Steel in Mountain Grove, MO. They've been serving businesses in and around Wright County for more than 50 years and specialize in welding, custom steel fabrication, and raw metal distribution. Visit their website to send an online information request or call (417) 926-5589 to request a quote.