EDM stands for Electrical Discharge Machining. It is a precision process of creating high voltage sparks to vaporize metal. It’s most commonly used for creating hardened alloy tooling needed for other manufacturing processes – alloys that are very difficult to machine with traditional cutting and milling methods.
The Roll Forming process consists of long strips or coils of flat metal are fed into one end of a roll forming line where it passes through a series of rolling dies and comes out the end in a totally new shape.
Powder coating is an excellent option for all sorts of metal parts. You won’t be limited in your desired color or luster for your finish as there is an extensive variety of powders available. While some shapes can be a bit tricky, a good powder coater will be able to handle what is needed. In the end, you’ll have a great looking part with good surface durability and corrosion resistance – far better than paint.
Compression molding is a unique type of molding process that produces flexible parts in shapes that would be very costly to accomplish using other processes. The process is only made possible by the raw materials though, and developers are continually innovating in this area.
In one form or another, the CNC milling process is involved in the vast majority of tangible products in modern industrial manufacturing. While it only directly makes a small fraction of parts, it’s the most common method to create tooling, so it’s difficult to avoid altogether.
The plastic injection molding process is arguably the most common process in product manufacturing in the current age by volume of parts. Properties of plastics now make them suitable for things you wouldn’t have even imagined possible just a few decades ago. Injection molding quickly and inexpensively shapes these plastics into useful parts.
Creating extrusions is a process where soft(ish) materials are confined within a space, then that space is shrunk while leaving only a small opening for the material to escape
Thermoforming is the process of taking a flat plastic sheet, heating it, then using pressure to form it around mold so that it's no longer flat, but a complex 3D shape.
Roational Molding (rotomolding) mainly deals with materials that are solid at room temperature, but turn liquid with a moderate degree of heat.
Sheet metal undergoes many different stages, including the process stage, and the building stage which consists of cutting, forming, welding, and assembly.