Have you ever seen that movie Pretty Woman? There’s this scene where Richard Gere asks Julia Roberts, “What’s your name? “, to which she replies, “What do you want it to be?” That’s what it is like if you ask a metal fabricator what they can make. “What do you want me to make?” If you can dream it, they can make it.
Modern metal fabrication companies, such as Arktek in Perth, WA, use CNC (Computer Numerical Control) lasers to cut metal based on designs on a computer. CNC machines offer unmatched precision for a metal fabricator. Tin snips and air sheers are used by metal fabrication companies for small jobs. Plasma cutters, torches, stamps are also used for cutting by metal fabrication companies.
Seams are generally welded, pinched, rolled, folded, or soldered.
A sheet metal fabrication company will rely heavily on a tool called a brake. A brake is used to make sharp bends in a sheet of metal. Some brakes are manual and some CNC controlled. There are also hand brakes for small jobs.
Aluminum, brass, copper, steel, iron, and alloy metals are used by custom metal fabrication companies. Some metal fabrication companies specialize in sheet metal or plate metal. Some do both.
Items made by a sheet metal fabrication company would include flashings, hoods, gutters, downspouts, caps, turrets, fittings, platforms, tanks, and ducts just to name a few.
Other items made by a metal fabrication company would include brackets, levers, abstract architecture, frames and braces.