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    A Machitech plasma cutter in action

    What Does a CNC Plasma Cutting Table Do?

    Plasma cutting is the process of fabricating steel, aluminum, iron, and other metals using intense heat generated by a plasma-fueled torch. It is a powerful means of cutting metal, and when you add CNC controls to the mix, it is also one of the most efficient. CNC stands for computer-numerical contr...
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    A plasma cutter making a precision cut

    How to Choose a CNC Plasma Cutter

    Your custom fabrication shop has had some success, and now you’re looking for ways to take it to the next level. If you’re still fabricating by hand, you may be considering an investment in a CNC plasma cutting table. Doing so can certainly benefit your shop—it’s no secret that automated tec...
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    a CNC plasma burner cutting shapes out of metal sheet

    What Is Metal Fabrication?

    Metal fabrication refers to the art of shaping thin metal sheets and thick metal plates into desired products. Generally speaking, there are two types of metal fabrication: subtractive and non-subtractive. The former involves cutting shapes out of a material, whereas non-subtractive refers to when t...
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    an array of stainless steel sheets

    Classes of Stainless Steel

    As an iron and chromium alloy, stainless steel has excellent corrosion-resistance properties, making it ideal for applications in sterile environments. Examples of these applications include the production of food and beverages, pharmaceutical products, and petrochemicals. Stainless steel falls into...
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    a CNC cutting machine inside a custom fabrication shop

    What Customers Look for in a Metal Fabricator

    If you’ve dipped your toes into metal fabrication work and are considering making it a career, you may be wondering how to be successful at it. After all, there is no shortage of custom fabrication companies out there—how do you stand apart? The key, as with any business, is customer service. To...
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    an automated CNC cutter processing materials

    How Automation Improves Metal Fabrication

    Automated manufacturing refers to the use of control systems to operate equipment. In the metal fabrication industry, this concept is applied to the cutting process via computer-numerical control (CNC) cutting machines, such as plasma and waterjet cutters. Automating the fabrication process can resu...
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    architectural metal columns climbing the side of a building

    What Is Architectural Metal?

    Architectural metal is a term used to describe a decorative metal element of a building or other structure. These metal ornaments are often custom fabricated to bring the architect’s unique vision to life, focusing more on aesthetics than functionality, though both of those applications can be ach...
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    Comparing Aluminum & Stainless Steel

    Aluminum and stainless steel are two metals that are commonly used in a wide variety of applications. While the list of benefits of each is quite long, there are two key reasons why they’re so popular: They are both naturally resistant to corrosion and easily fabricated into just about any shape. ...
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    Difference Between 304 & 316 Stainless Steel

    Stainless steel is a type of low-carbon steel that offers excellent resistance to corrosion thanks to the addition of chromium in its chemical makeup. Chromium reacts with oxygen in the air, forming a chromium oxide film on the surface of the steel that self-heals when damaged. Other elements, such ...
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