Machining vs. Fabrication

At Precision Machine Fabrication, we specialize in custom sheet metal fabrication for a variety of industries. We fabricate parts, assemblies, and chassis for the commercial, electronics, computer, communications, medical, home appliance, retail, industrial, and power-management industries.

At first glance, however, people can assume that we are a machine shop. We are more accurately considered a metal fabrication shop. Many people don’t know the difference between the two facilities and often get the two confused. 

Metal fabrication facilities generally start with flat sheets of metal and go onto laser cut, punch out, bend, weld, powder coat, and assemble finished parts. Most machine shops, on the other hand, start with blocks of metal (round, square, or rectangular solid rods or tubing) and create finished parts through sawing, milling, drilling, and turning processes.

If you think about it in regards to the art world, machine shops “sculpt” metal into a finished form by removing the excess material while fabrication can be more closely related to making origami through cutting, bending, and forming a flat sheet into a finished form.

While we are not a machining company, PMF does offer an in-house machine shop. But, it is primarily focused on small-run jobs that supplement our primary production portfolio. We also utilize this equipment to modify tooling and develop fixtures in-house.

Metal Fabrication Projects We Don’t Do

While PMF does perform metal fabrication projects in a wide variety of industries, there are certain areas we cannot focus our efforts in. For example, PMF does not offer HVAC or ductwork services. Despite the equipment and processes are similar in this type of fabrication, the business models are very different and there is little overlap. As a result, we focus on high-precision, close-tolerance fabrication of custom parts for OEM’s instead.

PMF does not offer residential fabrication services. Our internal process is better suited for medium to high volume production. Furthermore, we do not have to resources to provide cost estimates and design services necessary for most residential projects. We are generally unable to perform “one-off” jobs or backyard projects. In order to be competitive in the medium- to high-volume market, our production schedule must remain firm. We find that it’s both disruptive and not profitable for us to focus on these individual one-time jobs for individuals. If you’re looking for help with this type of project, however, give us a call and we will try to suggest a local shop better suited to help you.

What Our Customers Say

Most Valued Partner

PMF continues to be one of our most valued partners. They consistently exceed our expectations.

Buyer, Parata Systems, LLC

sheet metal fabrication
2015-05-28T18:34:54-04:00

Buyer, Parata Systems, LLC

PMF continues to be one of our most valued partners. They consistently exceed our expectations.

Best Supplier

PMF is by far our best supplier. They are responsive to our requests and our orders are always on time. Their quality and workmanship are first rate. PMF never disappoints!

SCI Procurement Team, Sanmina

sheet metal fabrication
2015-05-31T17:20:46-04:00

SCI Procurement Team, Sanmina

PMF is by far our best supplier. They are responsive to our requests and our orders are always on time. Their quality and workmanship are first rate. PMF never disappoints!

Top-rate Partner

PMF is a top-rate operation and partner. It is vertically integrated to provide engineering, fabrication, assembly and testing. And it is broadly integrated to support machining, sheet-metal, plastics, coatings and electronics. Prototyping through production, PMF has my highest regards and recommendation.

Former CTO, RxMedic Systems

sheet metal fabrication
2015-05-31T17:22:05-04:00

Former CTO, RxMedic Systems

PMF is a top-rate operation and partner. It is vertically integrated to provide engineering, fabrication, assembly and testing. And it is broadly integrated to support machining, sheet-metal, plastics, coatings and electronics. Prototyping through production, PMF has my highest regards and recommendation.

Top Metal Fabricator

Precision Machine Fabrication is our top Metal Fabricator. They are competitively priced, deliver top quality, and follow up with impeccable service. From prototype to production, PMF is our “go to” fabrication company.

Buyer, BSH Home Appliances

sheet metal fabrication
2015-05-31T17:22:51-04:00

Buyer, BSH Home Appliances

Precision Machine Fabrication is our top Metal Fabricator. They are competitively priced, deliver top quality, and follow up with impeccable service. From prototype to production, PMF is our “go to” fabrication company.

Contact Us

We pride ourselves in being able to handle any job, deliver on time, and guarantee the highest level of quality. From prototype to production, Precision Machine Fabrication are your go-to custom metal fabrication experts!

919-231-8648

Give us a call to discuss your custom sheet metal fabrication needs today!

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