Types and Applications of Metal Production Processes

Metalware is a broad term that refers to any process in which metal products are cut, formed, and shaped into a final product. The manufacturing process creates a finished product from raw or semi-finished materials, rather than assembling the finished product from finished ingredients. For example, panels that include a car frame are usually made with specialized metal fabrication processes that take place at the factory and are then delivered to the car installation. However, the processes are complex and diverse. There are several types of metal fabrication and they include: –



The most common processes of metal fabrication service involve cutting, where metal parts are divided into half, third, or smaller pieces. Modern techniques include laser cutting, waterproof cutting, electric shears, and plasma arc cutting, and sawing is the oldest method of the cutting process. The metal being cut is newly produced in many applications and especially still needs to be shaped. Prefabricated metals such as bars and panels must be submitted for cutting.



One of the types of production of ancient metals is casting, where the molten metal is poured into a mold and solidified to a certain shape, allowing the desired shape to cool and harden. Casting is one of the most flexible methods for making metal and is ideal for a variety of complex shapes. There are different types of casting. Casting occurs when the liquid metal is forced into the mold, not the mold, and remains in place with the pressure applied until it is solid. Sometimes casting solves production problems, otherwise other methods such as folding, shearing and stamping will be needed to solve them. Steel, iron, gold, copper, silver, and magnesium are the most commonly used metals in this guide.



In Malaysia, the metal forming process involves machine fabrication by removing unwanted material. This can be done in a wide range of ways. Machining processes such as drilling, turning and milling.

A rotary cutting tool and a drill bit are used to cut the material into the hole.

Turning is used to remove parts from a metal part. The process is usually done on a machine, which rotates the metal against tools that cut corners and edges to cut the piece to the desired shape or size.

For the gradual removal of material from the workpiece, milling is performed using rotary multi-point cutting tools to achieve the desired shape.



Selecting a specific manufacturer for the production of metal that best meets the needs of the project is an important choice that affects the level of production, quality and cost-effectiveness of the plant. This guide provides an overview of the production, various methods and opinions on the manufacturer’s choice. For more information on relevant services to find possible sources or view information on specific products, see other product applications and services from General System Engineering Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s best engineering company.

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