Frequently Asked Questions

We field plenty of questions about our custom metal fabrication processes. Below are answers to some of the queries we hear most often. If you don’t see the answer you need, feel free to contact us!

Do you offer tours of your facility?

We do welcome plant tours at Marstrand Industries! We're proud of our custom metal fabricating and laser cutting abilities. We'd be glad to demonstrate. Just contact us and we'll set up a tour.

What file types do you recommend submitting for my project?

We recommend DXF file, .PDF, .STEP/.STP 3D file and Autocad. 

What does metal fabrication mean?

Metal fabrication is when you cut, shape, or join metals together. For instance, the most common procedures include welding, drilling, stamping, punching, milling, and forging. Each of these metal fabrication processes uses a different type of machine to transform metals into a particular shape.

Milling & drilling, what is the difference?

Metal fabrication, milling and drilling are similar in that each uses a rotary tool to create holes in the metal. Milling utilizes a a multi-headed tool to create non-circular holes and approaches the part from any number of directions. Drilling involves one or more bits cutting straight down the tool's long axis to create circular holes of any depth. 

What is a welding shield gas?

Shield gas like nitrogen or helium is blown onto the join point during welding to prevent remnants of oxygen from the atmosphere from causing the metal in a welded joint to corrode/rust.

Metal stamping and metal fabrication: what is the difference?

Metal stamping involves any of a number of metal forming operations. Stamping, bending, pressing, folding, and stretching may all be used to produce the final part.  Metal stamping processes use punch presses with custom-made tooling and dies to produce a part's shape or pattern. Stamping processes can provide tighter tolerances than metal fabrication. It's a fast and cost-effective for producing metal parts in large quantities.

Metal fabrication manufactures three-dimensional metal parts by cutting, bending, and/or other assembly processes. Highly specialized equipment such as CNC laser cutters, CNC press brakes, CNC turret presses, and welding are generally required. The tooling associated with stamping can be costly, and so metal fabrication is quite often the more economical way to produce parts in lower quantities. There is greater design flexibility in fabrication than in stamping, due to the fact that there is no tooling changes needed if your part design requires alteration.


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