Unless you’re in the industry, it can be difficult to differentiate between all of the different types of services a metal fabrication company provides. Two of the most common services offered are metal stamping and metal fabrication. While the names sound similar, they’re different from one another.
Continue reading to learn more about both processes and how to choose which one is right for your needs.
What is metal stamping?
Metal stamping involves punching, pressing, bending, stretching, flanging or stamping pieces using a stamping press, and it’s usually performed when replicating parts in large batches. These high-powered presses can form metals into nearly any desired shape for your application. Simple parts can be shaped with one press stroke using a single-stage operation, while more complex parts require multiple strokes to complete.
What is metal fabrication?
Unlike stamping, sheet metal fabrication involves manufacturing three-dimensional parts using various methods like cutting, bending and welding. Fabrication requires more specialized (and often computer-controlled) machines like computer numerical control (CNC) press brakes, CNC turret presses or CNC laser cutters.
When to choose metal stamping
Stamping is a cost-effective and fast choice for mid-to-high volume runs of simple products. Complex customizations are possible with advanced precision stamping, but the level of control isn’t as extensive as it is with computerized fabrication machines.
When to choose metal fabrication
If you need a high level of precision for a job, metal fabrication is your best bet. In addition to more control with advanced machinery, fabrication often has shorter lead times, and we can make adjustments on the fly without throwing off your production schedule.
Hire Metal Pro, Inc. for all of your metal fabrication needs
It’s important to note that not all metal stamping companies are created equal, and hiring the wrong fabrication partner often leads to poor results. These are a few reasons to work with our team at Metal Pro, Inc.:
- Wide variety of services: There’s no reason to work with multiple fabrication partners when you choose our team at Metal Pro, Inc. We do everything from rolling and shearing to punching and welding to ensure all of your needs are met.
- Decades of experience: With over four decades of industry experience, you can trust that you’re in good hands when you bring your metal pieces to us. We’ve worked in all sorts of different industries, and we’re confident that we can complete your job on time and under budget.
- Advanced machinery: It takes an experienced metal fabrication team to complete the job, but without the right equipment, the results may be less than satisfactory. That’s why we only use the latest and greatest metal fabrication machines in our shop.
- Cost: You don’t need to worry about spending a fortune on metal fabrication when you come to us. We strive to provide the lowest prices for all of our services.
The choice is clear the next time you need to hire someone for sheet metal fabrication—turn to Metal Pro, Inc. Contact us today to get an estimate for your next project.