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Tips of the Trade

Axis Fabrication aims to provide inside tips and information regarding the numerous questions clients have when designing a custom part through technical articles that are published every Tuesday.

10 Tips to Help Control Weld Shrinkage and Distortion

What is distortion? Weld shrinkage plagues experienced and amateur welders alike. Shrinkage causes distortion of the weldment. Warping of the base plate is caused by heat from the welding arc. Distortion results from the expansion and contraction of the...

Vertical versus Horizontal Milling Machines

Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece by feeding the cutter into the workpiece. Milling machines are a commonly used tool in the manufacturing process. There are two main types of milling, vertical and horizontal.

Punching Machine and Capabilities

While lasers dominate today’s fabrication world, punching machines still play an important role. In July 2018, Axis upgraded our punching capability by adding a Trumpf TruPunch 5000, the fastest punching machine in the world.

Fiber versus CO2 Lasers

Sheet metal fabricators have the choice of either fiber laser cutters or CO2 laser cutters. This article describes the basics of how the two lasers work, their advantages, and their disadvantages.

Punch Press vs. Laser Cutter

Fabricating Technology In the sheet metal fabrication industry, there are two main technologies used: punch presses and laser cutters. Our customers frequently ask us which is the preferred method between the two. The answer, of course, varies from...

Part Tolerance: How does it affect price?

One of the questions we receive most frequently is how part tolerance will affect the price. This article breaks down the relationship between tolerance and price of a part.

Mazak Manufacturing Equipment

Axis Fabrication and Machine Company remains dedicated to bringing the highest quality parts to its customers in reasonable timeframes. The high quality demanded is possible through the use of high-quality machines from reliable manufacturers. Notably, one such manufacturer is Mazak.

Machine Shops in Knoxville, TN

We understand our capabilities and business model are not always the best fit.  To help you find the assistance you need, we have created a list of other machine shops in the Knoxville, TN area.

CNC Machines: Computer Numerical Control

When looking at the types of machining equipment that Axis Fabrication has in-house, the acronym “CNC” comes up frequently. CNC stands for “Computer Numerical Control”, and is an alternative to manual production equipment. CNC involves pre-programmed software that controls factory tools and machinery.