Advantages & Disadvantages of Metal Fabrication in Melbourne What is Metal Fabrication? Metal fabrication is the process of building machines and structures from raw metal materials. The process includes cutting, burning, welding, machining, forming, and assembly to create the final product.
Types of Fabrication Processes Cutting: This involves various tools or machines removing excess material from a workpiece to meet size and shape requirements. Band saws and cutting torches are two examples of cutting devices. Forming: This process uses deforming equipment, such as hydraulic brakes, to bend or press products at a specified angle. Machining: Machining processes, which include lathing, milling, drilling and honing, use automated or manually controlled equipped to shape material. Welding: Welding is the process of joining two or more workpieces by applying heat or pressure to form a single product.
Advantages Heat resistance: Metals typically have a higher melting-point and are less likely to degrade under elevated temperatures. Improved strength: Metal grades tend to be stronger, harder, and more durable than their plastic counterparts. Versatility: Metal can be fabricated through a wider range of processes, including casting, deep drawing, welding, forging, soldering, and chipping. Cost-effectiveness: Metal is usually a cost efficient option, particularly in highvolume or long-term production runs.
Disadvantages Secondary operations: Metal fabrication is more likely to require postfabrication processes, such as finishing, painting, and deburring, which can be time-consuming or costly. Design limitations: The viscosity and molten flow behavior of some metals are not suited for crafting highly complex geometries or shapes. High start-up fees: metal tooling costs are typically more expensive than comparable plastic fabrication tooling.
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