Learning the difference: Metal Welding and Metal Fabrication

Learning the difference: Metal Welding and Metal Fabrication

Most homeowner aren’t aware of the different techniques and solutions used by experts to shape metal and form structures like gates, fences, doors, and decorative items, etc. Two of the most common techniques used are metal welding and metal fabrication, and both provide different results.

At Boston Ironworks, we’re often asked if there’s a difference between the technique and the results. We have ample experience in this field and have provided fabrication services in Boston for several years now so we understand the process. Here’s a brief description of the difference:

What’s the difference?

Many people believe fabrication and welding to be the same thing, but there are some differences. Welding is actually a part of the fabrication process and can be used to create a metal structure several times during the fabrication process. For example, when we build a driveway gate, we will shape and mold the metal according to the design and then weld those molded and shaped pieces together to create the final structure. As you can see, welding is a part of the fabrication process.

Techniques involved

Welders use the welding machine to heat electrode sticks that are used to hold the metal together.  The electrodes can be manipulated according to the design requirements. The metal welding process is easier to understand because it usually involves only this technique.

Metal fabrication can involve a number of techniques depending on the type of material you use and the design of the metal project. Some of the techniques include:

  • Die cutting
  • Hydroforming
  • Finishing
  • Roll forming
  • Spinning
  • Shrinking
  • Stretching
  • Stamping

These techniques are just used for sheet metal fabrication services in Boston. Experts will use a different set of techniques for blocks and bars of metal. Fabrication requires a diverse skill set and ample experience, which is why most fabricators undergo intense training and supervision because they’re deemed experts.

Tools commonly use

Tools are an important aspect of the welding and fabrication process as well. An ironworker will use abrasives, hand file, adjustable wrench, chipping hammers, benders, electrode holders, vice and vice grips, cylinders with customized carts, tungsten inert gas or TIG, welding clamps, etc. These tools help them shape metal to the design requirements.

For questions and enquires on fabrication services in Boston, you can call Boston Ironworks at 617 657 3117. You can also fill in this contact us form.

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