The Metal fabrication industry is one of the rapid growing industries in the world. Although considered traditional in its approach, it still has the influx of evolving technologies. Earlier manual tools were mainly used for sheet metal fabrication processes such as cutting, machining, welding, as well as the assembly of the final product. However, today many of these tools are replaced by advanced and effortless machinery. The growth of the metal fabrication industry is ignited by two major factors, first being improved supply chain practices, and second being technology advancements. After reading all these, you might be intrigued to know about the major trends in the sheet metal industry. Isn’t it? If yes, this post will introduce you to the top 4 trends in the Metal Fabrication Industry, 2020.

Automation has hooked each and every industry and now it is set for its appearance in the Metal Fabrication industry. It is said to replace human processes and hence will play a very powerful role in the future. It will transform the metal fabrication industry and will simplify processed like the act of cutting and bending sheet metal with its robotic and Artificial intelligence technologies. In addition, automation has helped industries cut metals easily without the need for human supervision and also avoid metal wastage aiding manufacturers to achieve precision. This, in turn, saves a lot of money for businesses as it reduces human resources costs. With the advancement in robotics technology, automation is one of the trends that metal fabricators are set to embrace.

3D Printing:
Though 3D Printing has been trending in various industries since the last few years, it is now making its debut in the Metal Fabrication industry very very soon. This innovation is believed to bring impressive changes and transformations to the world of manufacturing.
It has reduced manufacturing cost and time, eliminated assembly steps, encourages freedom in design and minimized wastage of resources, be it human or material. Metal fabricators all around the world are investing in 3D printing technology to simplify the process of creating tools and structures. An unbelievable advantage of 3D Printing in the Metal Fabrication industry is that organizations can create even the most complex designs without facing the common challenges associated with traditional manufacturing processes. 3D printing is in many ways the future of metal fabrication, which you must think of adapting as a fabricator.

Tube Laser Technology:
Gone are the days when Metal fabrication manufacturers used traditional methods of fabrications. The new tube laser technology is here to enhance their ability to produce more precise cuts, reduce downtime associated with downstream assembly, speed up the fabrication process and save money while improving quality. Tube laser technology is one of the fastest growing sheet metal fabrication technologies with innumerable benefits you should not ignore while in this industry.

Research and development:
The Metal fabrication Industry is more competitive than it’s ever been. Most of the large firms are investing time, money and effort into research and development so as to keep up with the ever growing competition in this industry. The metal fabrication industry is expected to keep growing, not just in 2020 but also in the years to come. The global market share of metal fabrication was valued at $16 billion in 2015 and estimated to be to a $24 billion industry by 2024.

2019 is half gone, and moving forward we must anticipate what the coming year has in store for us. The bottom line is that the most prepared and smart company to adapt these technologies will win. Metal fabrication trends are constantly evolving due to its technology and market shifts. We at IronTech strongly believe in remaining well-read and proactive in order to give our clients superior quality products and to serve them better.


6 Popular Metal Fabrication Industry Trends