Metal fabrication is an ancient art dating back to the earliest civilizations. At one time, having a local blacksmith was considered one of the musts for a community to prosper. Everything from nails to knives and tools were offered by these early metal fabricators.
Today, metal fabrication is much more efficient and precise. Modern technology has raised metal fabrication to a science as well as an art. The equipment that today's metal fabricators have at their disposal reduces waste and raises precision to a point unheared of even fifty years ago.
One of the biggest booms for metal fabrication came with the advent of CNC (computer numerical control) Machines. These machines have made it possible to greatly streamline metal fabrication by automating the entire production process. Designs are programmed into a computer using a CAD (Computer Aided Design) program. Once the design is programmed, the computer reduces the blueprint to numbers, and these numbers control the metal fabrication process from there.
The days of the blacksmith hammering away at metal, making minute cuts and taking repeated measurements are long gone. A CNC machine, when properly implemented, will shape a piece with laser precision faster than the human eye can track.
The advent of laser cutters has further reduced waste and production time in metal fabrication. Laser cutters have made it possible to cut metal parts that require very little finishing. Pieces cut by laser have unheard of precision. This means a cleaner assembly without the necessity of repeated trial and fitting.
Less Waste Means Lower Cost
The use of modern technology in metal fabrication has greatly lowered waste in both time and materials. Less waste translates to lower prices with higher precision. Metal fabrication has definitely come a long way from the smithies of our ancestors.