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Metal fabrication and welding often are used interchangeably even though they are two separate services. There are many differences between fabrication and welding, including the process, tools involved and safety precautions.
What Is Welding and Fabrication?
Welding means joining two pieces of metal, glass or thermoplastics together using heat. Fabrication is a process of creating a product and includes every element from layout and design to finishing. Welding can turn into a portion of the fabrication process, but welders merge metals together instead of making a new product.
Welding and Metal Fabrication Processes
The metal fabrication process begins with designing the shape you want. You need to create the layout and design for each metal part of your product before you can cut, weld or bend pieces of metal. The next stage is when you potentially involve a welder. You have to cut your piece of metal into the precise size needed for the project. If you need to combine pieces, a welder can fuse them using heat. Intricate designs often require laser cutting to ensure complete accuracy.
Welding and Fabrication Tools
Another difference between fabrication and welding lies in the tools used. Metal fabrication requires a wide variety of tools because of the intricate process involved. For metal fabrication, you'll need:
- An adjustable wrench
- Electrode holders
- Cylinders with custom carts
- Tungsten insert gas consumables
- Chipping hammers
- Angle grinder discs
- Cleco fasteners
- Wire cutters
- Drill bits
- Throatless shears
Welders use some of the same tools, such as abrasives, chipping hammers and electrode holders. They also use different equipment, including soapstone, welding clamps, vices and vice grips.
Difference Between Welding and Fabrication Safety Precautions
Both the welding and fabrication industries face dangers from working with hot metal and heavy machinery. Each industry has its own safety guidelines but also uses some similar equipment to prevent injuries, including safety goggles, hearing protection, heavy work boots and thick leather work gloves.
Welding Capabilities at Prime Source Parts and Equipment
When you need welding of your heavy-duty construction equipment, contact Prime Source Parts and Equipment. We can repair your construction attachments and provide many other welding and fabrication services to get your equipment running smoothly. Contact us today for more information.