The Difference Between Welding and Metal Fabrication

Many people mistakenly refer to welding and metal fabrication as the same process. In actuality, they are completely different from each other.

Metal fabrication is the process of creating metal products from beginning to end. The process involves multiple operations and specialty techniques. Welding, on the other hand, is one of the many operations in metal fabrication.

Welding vs. Metal Fabrication

Welding is the fabrication process of joining different metals together using high levels of heat. There are different ways to weld metals, including gas metal arc welding, also referred to as metal inert gas (MIG); gas tungsten arc welding or tungsten inert gas (TIG); and flux cored arc welding (FCAW).

Welders use tools to manipulate metal, including chipping hammers, vices, electrode holders, welding clamps and more.

Metal fabrication involves a number of operations and stages to create a final metal product. The process starts with the design and layout of the project. Once the specifications are finalized, different operations take place to form the metal — cutting, bending, shaping, welding and finishing.

Metal fabrication requires specific tools to successfully execute its many operations. CNC fabrication equipment, plasma tables, press breaks, angle grinder discs, drill bits and angle finders are just some of the tools used in metal fabrication.

The manufacturing industry has continuously evolved through the years. Many companies now employ skilled staff who can both weld and fabricate metals.

OK Fab and Machining is a custom metal fabrication shop that has earned a reputation for outstanding quality and on-time delivery. At OK Fab and Machining, we have a dedicated and skilled team of MIG, TIG and FCAW welders. We have high-end fabrication equipment like computer-aided plasma tables, press breaks and CNC Haas machines which are capable of handling almost any type of fabrication project.

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