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Sheet Metal Fabrication 101


At Avon Lake Sheet Metal, we have generations of experience in sheet metal fabrication. Metal fabrication is advantageous for many industries, from construction and mining to oil & gas companies. In this blog post, we’ll explain some basics about metal fabrication and provide an overview of how it works so you can better understand the process.

What is Metal Fabrication?

Metal fabrication is a process of taking metal and improving it to meet specific requirements. This can involve altering its shape, size, qualities, and/or thickness. It’s usually done in fabrication shops or metalworking shops by skilled technicians with experience in this field.

At Avon Lake Sheet Metal, we specialize in sheet metal fabrication. This type of metalwork starts with flat pieces of metal and shapes them into the desired form by cutting or bending them. While alloy steel is the most common material we work with, fabrication can be performed with the following as well:

  • Aluminum
  • Aluminized Steel
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Expanded Metal / Wire Cloth / Perforated
  • Galvanized Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Plastics

What are Some Sheet Metal Fabrication Processes?

Almost all sheet metal fabrication projects require additional processing to achieve the desired end result. The main types of sheet metal fabrication processes are punching, laser cutting, forming, and welding.

Punching is when small holes or other shapes are cut out from the metal using a die.

Laser cutting is used to cut complex shapes into the metal, while forming involves bending and folding the metal into its desired shape. 

• Finally, welding combines two pieces of metal together by heating and melting them at their edges.

What are Some Examples of Projects Requiring Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Our experienced fabricators have provided sheet metal fabrication services to various industries, including automotive, construction, aerospace, and more. 

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Ready to Get Started On Your Sheet Metal Fabrication Project?

With our state-of-the-art equipment for sheet metal fabrication and assembly equipment, Avon Lake Sheet Metal can create custom parts with unmatched accuracy. From plasma and CNC laser cutting systems to advanced nesting software and computer-aided bending and forming, our team of skilled, certified professionals has the expertise to produce precision parts for any type of metal fabrication project. We work hard to meet your exact specifications with quality craftsmanship that exceeds expectations every time. 

With over 60 years of experience as a family-owned business in the Cleveland area, we look forward to learning about your project and exceeding your expectations. Contact us today!

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Who is Avon Lake Sheet Metal?

We provide high-quality services in CNC laser cutting, CNC forming, certified welding, custom machine guarding, and other value-added options. 3D Modeling allows us to seamlessly integrate sheet metal and structural components into complex finished assemblies.