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Welding vs. Metal Fabrication

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Many people use fabricating and welding as interchangeable verbs, but that’s not quite the case. In its most basic sense, fabrication is the process of creating a project out of metal, and welding can be a singular operation during that process.

Simply put, welding joins together two pieces of metal using fusion. Fabrication is the process of creating a metal product, from layout and design to formation and finishing.



Because welding is a metal forming technique, it goes hand-in-hand with sheet metal fabrication, and each trade uses similar processes, like assembling and bending, to get the final product. To clarify, there are different ways to weld including:

  • oxy acetylene
  • TIG (the most common form in fab shops)
  • gas metal arc (GMAW) welding.

However, because sheet metal fabrication is the overarching process, it involves many different processes, including specialty techniques, which can involve:

  • Die cutting
  • Finishing
  • Hydroforming
  • Roll forming
  • Shrinking
  • Spinning
  • Stamping
  • Stretching

When it comes to sheet metal fabrication and welding, both are important and is useful for every industry, from construction and housing to automotive and transportation.

At PTL, we deliver effective and efficient fabrication, installation, and design-build projects using stainless steel, galvanized steel, and aluminum. Our experts will be able to answer all of your questions and more.  Contact us at (931)647-0675 or send us a message. PTL Fabricators is located at 4581 Guthrie Hwy in Clarksville, TN.  We have been serving Clarksville’s fabrication needs for 20 years!

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