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This can be accomplished by hammering (machine powered or manually). Once all the fabricated pieces are cut, bent and ready the final step is assembling them to make the desired product. The most common way to assemble metal piece is by using one of 3 major techniques. Welding is the most common and can be done using various machines and temperatures. Welds will be done according to required weight and strength specifications of the final product. Riveting, common in the aerospace industry, is another way to assemble you parts. Riveting is great when lighter, thinner metals are used, like aluminum. Sometimes bending is used to shape parts and to join them together using a ‘bent seam’. Anco has over 35 years of experience in the fabrication of metals and products. Their high-tech shop can perform any of the aforementioned tasks in house. Sheet metal and steel are the most commonly used materials when it comes to fabrication. Some processes require only machined input. However fabrication metal work can commonly require input from both human and machine. The act of fabrication leads to an end product that is called a ‘fabrication’. A shop that performs such tasks, like Anco, can also be called a ‘fab shop’. Although there are other types of processing called metalworking, machining and metal stamping they are not considered to be part ‘fabrication’ but can be a part of the ‘fabricating process’.