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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.

What is metal fabrication?

Metal Fabrication Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. The basic process of any fabricated part is designing, building, finishing and assembling. Design conceptualizes, creates, or analyzes an...

Seven Tips to Reduce Custom Part Cost

We are often asked the best ways to reduce the cost of a part. Luckily for our customers, there are countless ways to accomplish this. Here are the top 7 ways to reduce the part cost by slightly altering the design.

Machining YouTube Channels We Enjoy

The Top Machining Youtube Channels For many machinists, YouTube can serve as a tool for not only entertainment but also education. Many YouTubers are providing content that is full of information and how-to's as well as funny anecdotes. This list compiles...

What in-House Operations does Axis Offer?

What can Axis do? It’s not easy to sum up all of which that Axis’ highly skilled team is capable. Our shop is divided into three main departments, sheet metal, machining, and welding. Each department can be further broken down into the operations they...

The Quote Process: How are Parts Priced?

If you’ve ever used Axis Fabrication, or any machine shop, to make your custom part, you may have wondered how we determined the price. Customers receive quotes that express the cost per part and the total cost.

Interview with James Lewis: President of Axis Fabrication

Who is James Lewis? James Lewis graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in the early 90s. His shop experience enables him to handle the day-to-day operations as well as plan for Axis’ future. He has been with the...

Sheet Metal Fabricators 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 sheet metal fabricators in the Knoxville, TN area.

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.