A Comprehensive Guide to Custom Metal Fabrication

Looking for a way to cut project costs while still fulfilling your unique product requirements? Custom metal fabrication offers more flexibility and versatility, so you can fulfill your needs more effectively than choosing off-the-shelf products. 

Studies show that 88% of industrial businesses are now prioritizing sustainable manufacturing as a strategic move to increase operational efficiency while simultaneously reducing costs. This makes custom metal fabrication a critical component for reducing waste and streamlining projects.

To give you a deeper understanding of the value of this innovative manufacturing technique, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to custom metal fabrication.

What is Custom Metal Fabrication?

“Metal fabrication” refers to the process of building items (like machine parts or structural components) from raw metal materials, like sheets. Fabricated items could be as small as a cast-metal part for a machine or as large as an entire piece of equipment. 

The fabrication process involves a range of tools and equipment used to form metal into simple or complex shapes. For example, at Corrugated Metals Inc., we fabricate aluminum, stainless steel, copper, A-606 weathering steel, galvanized steel, galvalume, aluminized, and zinc.

Unlike traditional stock metal fabrication processes, the custom fabrication process offers flexibility for manufacturing application-specific products. The product specifications may vary across industries such as constructionmilitary and defenseOEMs, and more, depending on the application requirements.

Metal fabricators (like CMI) adopt a flexible fabrication approach in order to meet the typical requirements of these industries. This approach not only helps fabricators to design and manufacture application-specific products, but also to ensure product quality and performance in the long run.

What CMI Does

Using certified raw materials sourced from a network of trustworthy suppliers, CMI manufactures corrugated metal roofing and siding products from varied grades of light- to heavy-gauge aluminum, steel, copper, and zinc with a wide range of finish options. 

CMI’s unrivaled metal capabilities include:

    • Corrugating for a variety of materials including galvanized steel, weathering steel, aluminum, and pre-painted finishes.
    • Custom roll forming for metals with material thickness ranging from .020 to .25 and widths 12″ to 62″.
    • Continuous perforating and specific hole punching on both mechanical and turret press operations.
    • Metal sheet cutting to precise dimensions using advanced process controls
    • Custom shearing process to remove unwanted materials from sheet metal.
    • Some of the largest panels in the industry, with widths up to 63” and lengths up to 90’.
    • Pre-painted panels using the Kynar 500® paint system, with twenty standard colors as well as metallic and weathered colors available.
    • A configurator to customize the exact products you need before you buy, streamlining the purchasing process and order accuracy.

CMI Serves the following industries:

    • Agriculture
    • Air Transport
    • Construction
    • Container
    • Energy Infrastructure
    • Export
    • Fiber Glass
    • Glass and Oil
    • Livestock Trailers
    • Military and Defense
    • Mining
    • Power Generation
    • Freight Rail
    • Passenger Rail
    • Electric Vehicle

7 Benefits of Custom Metal Fabrication

Creating custom metal parts and pieces that can be used for a variety of purposes helps make your processes as efficient as possible. Some key benefits include:

Tips for Choosing a Metal Fabrication Company

Choosing a metal fabrication company requires careful consideration to ensure they can meet all your needs, not just pricing. When selecting your supplier, consider the following factors:

FAQ’s About Custom Metal Fabrication

Have additional questions about custom metal fabrication? Let’s cover some of the most common FAQs about this advanced technique. 

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Custom fabrication provides flexibility, versatility, and precision over stock fabrication. 

CMI is ISO 9001:2015 registered with quality technicians that inspect every product for gauge, length, width, coverage, surface quality, and squareness to ensure consistent adherence to strict tolerances. Regardless of your industry or product needs, CMI’s unrivaled metal capabilities and guaranteed service will meet your business objectives.

If you want to experience the benefits of custom metal fabrication, you can begin by requesting a quote from CMI. To get started, get in touch with us to learn more and find out how our unrivaled metal capabilities will help save your business time and money.