Machining is the process of removing unwanted material from the block of metal to get the desired shape. Machining is a trade in and of itself, including metal lathes, mills, and drills, along with other portable metal working tools.
Forming converts, a flat sheet metal work piece into a 3-D part. In this process, a raw material pieces are formed by applying force to an object without adding or removing extra material. The force must be great enough to change the initial shape. The process of forming can be controlled with the use of tools such as punches or dies. Machinery can also be used to regulate force magnitude and direction. An example of machine-based forming can also combine forming and welding to produce lengths of fabricated sheeting, most commonly seen in the form of linear grating.
The main focus of steel fabrication. Formed and machined parts are assembled welded into place then re-checked for accuracy. A fixture may be used to locate parts for welding if multiple weldments have been ordered.
After the weldment has cooled it is generally sand blasted, primed and painted. Any additional manufacturing specified by the customer is then completed. The finished product is then inspected and shipped.