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In what industries is metal fabrication most commonly used?
Metal fabrication is commonly used in a wide range of industries, including transportation, air handling, food processing, material handling, general fabrication, construction, shipbuilding, aerospace, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and power generation. It's used in the air handling industry to craft many products, such as air conditioning units, heat exchangers, and filtration boxes; and it's used in the food processing industry to create aluminum and stainless steel components with food-grade finishes. In the transportation industry, metal fabrication is used to create items such as aftermarket vehicle modification kits.
What are the most common products produced through metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is used to make a wide variety of commonly used products, including cutlery, hand tools, metal combs, metal decks, platforms, and handrails; large tanks, boilers, and shipping containers;, such as handles, locks, keys, latches, and chains;, as well as screws, nut, bolts, racks, shelves, hooks, and wire baskets.
Types of metal fabrication
- Cutting uses tools such as saws, lasers, water jets, and plasma torches to cut metal.
- Folding employs a brake press to create creases in metal.
- Machining is where a tool, such as a lathe, is used to strip metal from a piece of material.
- Punching uses a punch and a die to create holes in metal.
- Shearing is the process in which sheet metal is cut into smaller pieces.
- Stamping is when material is punched to create a raised portion.
- Welding is used to fuse two pieces of metal.
What is metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is where metal is crafted to create structures or machines. The metal is cut using tools, such as band saws, laser cutters, CNC machines, and burn tables. Next, the metal is shaped using tools, such as punches and dies, and the various metal parts that have been created are assembled and welded into a final product. The metal is worth more after processing than it was prior to fabrication.
What is the difference in between welding and metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication is more comprehensive than welding. Welding is when two pieces of a material, such as metal or glass, are permanently fused. Metal fabrication often includes welding, die cutting, finishing, hydroforming, shrinking, stamping, and stretching.
Are gardeners the same as landscapers?
Gardeners are not the same as landscapers, though there is quite a bit of overlap. Landscape architects work in the same field as building architects and interior designers: They figure out what to do with raw space. Landscape architects do need to complete a degree program and exam. Landscape designers don’t necessarily have to have a degree, but the better ones generally have professional certifications or accreditations. They design smaller projects, but they do not typically install and plant them. Some landscape contractors perform the installation/planting/upkeep functions, which is part of the function of a gardener.
What are the most common services offered by gardeners?
The most common services offered by gardeners include lawn care (mowing and watering), raking and debris cleanup, weeding and planting, fertilizing and mulching, and pest control.
Is a degree in horticulture required to be a gardener?
A degree in horticulture is not required to be a gardener. Those with horticulture degrees are more likely to get managerial positions, and are usually better qualified for specialized fields such as running a restaurant group’s vegetable garden or working within a horticulture therapy program.
What is a master gardener?
The master gardener designation is a volunteer certification, not a post-graduate degree, though it’s typically offered via university extension. Programs are designed to provide a research-based, in-depth education that encompasses entomology, plant pathology, and botany. Unlike degree programs, the master gardener programs typically cost very little, and after completing them, people are expected to “pay it forward” by volunteering in community roles and public education projects.
Do gardeners receive special education or certification?
Not all gardeners receive special education, certification or training. However, many opt to get a degree in horticulture or landscaping, and gardeners who want to set up their own business or work with commercial clients also often attain certifications in specific topics. The most stringent rules are around pesticides: Gardeners who apply pesticides are typically required to get special training and certification or licenses. Exact laws vary by state.