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    Custom Metal Fabrication vs. Stock Metal Fabrication

    7.29.2019



    When developing a new product for market, custom metal fabrication provides the ideal solution for getting from concept to physical product. Custom metal fabrication can also be the best process for improving the design of an existing product to lower production costs, enhance quality, or address defects.

    Custom Metal Fabrication vs Stock Metal Fabrication

    In the fabrication process, a variety of metals are cut, shaped, or molded to create a variety of stock metal components including sheet metal, metal rods, and metal bars in a variety of dimensions and sizes. These stock metal components are widely available from most metal fabrication shops. Custom metal fabrication shops, however, have the ability to create non-standard metal products when manufacturers have unique specification needs. Custom metal fabrication services include both design and production assistance for built-to-order parts.

    Custom Metal Fabrication Concept Services
    All stages of the product development process can benefit from custom metal fabrication services.  This may involve assistance with the design of a single part for an assembly or a full production run of components. Widely used types of custom metal fabrication services include, concept and design, building of product, finishing, and assembly.
    Fabrication of a new product design should include considerable engineering and planning. Problems such as structural weaknesses or incorrect dimensions can result from insufficient planning, and ultimately compromise the quality of the product. These custom metal fabrication services can prevent such issues:
    •Computer-Aided Design (CAD) – CAD programs allow manufacturers to create a computer-generated three-dimensional representation of a product. This reveals potential structural weaknesses before actual production begins.
    •Tooling Design – Custom metal fabricators can develop specialized production tools that will enhance product quality or increase production efficiency.


    Custom Metal Fabrication Build Services
    Selecting the right fabrication method for a given project depends on the structure of the parts, the desired characteristics of the product, and the materials used to make it. Custom metal fabrication processes may include:
    •Assembly – Two or more components may need to be combined in an assembly.
    •Bending – Sheet and plate metal is transformed into custom V or U shapes, or channels.
    •Custom Finishing – Often a secondary finishing treatment is needed.
    •Drilling – Various drill bit designs can be used to bore circular holes into the metal.
    •Punching – Custom designed turrets punch the metal to create decorative features and more.
    •Welding – Through a combination of heat and pressure, two or more pieces of metal are joined.


    Are you in need of custom metal fabrication services? Be sure to visit our PRODUCTS page to view our capabilities and out PHOTO GALLERY to view photos of past projects. Stainless Fabricators is your experienced and equipped metal fabrication partner for both your custom metal fabrication and production fabrication. Contact us to discuss your project needs and get your custom quote today.