Welding vs. Metal Fabrication

23 Mar 2021 Metal Fabrication

When it comes to welding and metal fabrication, most people treat them as though they are two separate and distinct processes. Though there are several differences between welding vs. metal fabrication, welding is a part of the metal fabrication process. A comparable example would be how frying is part of the cooking process. If you are frying, you are cooking and, if you are welding, you are fabricating metal. Though welding is part of a larger process, it is still beneficial to understand how it differs from other areas of metal fabrication. At LWS Manufacturing & Welding, they offer complete fabrication and welding services for all types of businesses. To help clients better understand these services, their experts have compiled some important information for each of them.


Welding is the process of joining two pieces of metal together. It is a crucial part of metal fabrication as it allows for the connection of multiple pieces of metal to create a larger product.


Welders use a variety of tools to get the job done. These can include clamps, welding torches, power sources, and consumable electrodes. Welders also use various safety equipment including auto-darkening helmets to protect their eyes from arc flashes and respirators to block harmful fumes.

Skills and Techniques

Though welding may appear to be a simple process, many factors and considerations go into every weld. Welders must use the appropriate techniques to ensure a clean and strong join between each piece of metal. These techniques include MIG, TIG, and stick welding, each with their own unique characteristics. Other welding techniques exist, but they are less common.

Learn more about the differences between MIG and TIG welding techniques.

Metal Fabrication

Metal fabrication can involve everything from designing a metal product to cutting and shaping it. Fabrication is the big picture, while welding is a detail that puts the pieces of the picture together.


Metal fabrication can involve cutting, boring, grinding, and shaping among other processes. Fabricators utilize many different tools including saws, laser cutters, lathes, punches, stretchers, and shears. Some fabricators may also utilize painting equipment if the product requires it.

Skills and Techniques

Metal fabricators use a combination of planning, designing, and shaping techniques. There is a great deal of variety in metal fabrication, especially compared to the precise nature of welding. While some metal fabricators have the ability to weld, they tend to leave this task to a specialist to ensure that it is performed cleanly and correctly.

To learn more about welding and metal fabrication, reach out to the team at LWS Manufacturing & Welding at 604-854-1277 or through our online contact form. They are always ready to answer your questions and help determine the ideal solution for your needs.