The History of Metal Manufacturing

September 22, 2021

Metal manufacturing is integral to modern society. Locks, chairs, utensils, light fixtures, cars and many more of the products and tools we use daily are made possible through metalworking.

Metalworking throughout history has played a crucial role in society and the progression of technology. The history of metal fabrication extends to ancient civilizations that used metal to craft coins, weapons and art.

From early metal fabrication processes to the production of modern, high-tech equipment today, metal manufacturing allows people to create innovative, time-saving products that improve the lives of people who use them.

What Is Metal Manufacturing?

Metal manufacturing refers to any process used to manipulate metal to produce new products. Metal fabrication today can include many processes and techniques used for advanced manufacturing, including:

What Is the History of Metal Fabrication?

People likely began working with metal before recorded history when early humans discovered fire. Ancient civilizations in Egypt, Rome, Greece, India and China started using copper to develop weapons as early as 8700 B.C. By 4500 B.C., tin and copper were melded to create bronze art, statues, weapons, building materials and money.

In 1800 B.C., India began ironworking and a region in part of modern-day Turkey started smelting iron to create steel. In 1200 A.D., China developed a system for producing steel using a cold blast over molten metal, similar to the Bessemer Process used today.

By 1700 A.D., the first iron foundries were established in Great Britain. In the 1800s, the invention of the steam engine propelled metalworking into a new age of efficiency and production. As technology continued to improve, new processes developed, allowing for more intricate designs and advanced products.

Contact Fairlawn Tool, Inc. for Established Metal Fabrication Services

At Fairlawn Tool, Inc., we offer custom metal fabrication services and first-rate customer service. Our team of experienced manufacturing professionals will work with you to ensure we deliver a finished product that meets your specifications and exceeds your expectations.

We’ve serviced the East Coast and beyond since 1954 and have experience in a diverse set of industries, including agricultureconstructionconsumer productstelecommunicationsmilitary and defensehospitality and media equipment.

Contact us online for more information about how we can meet your metal fabrication needs or call us at 410-449-7264 to speak with one of our experts.

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