Glossary of Welding Terms

Brake Press:

See Press Brake


See Computer-Aided Design


See Computer-Aided Manufacturing

Computer-Aided Design:

Computer-Aided Design is the use of computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

Computer-Aided Manufacturing:

Computer-Aided Manufacturing is the use of computer software to control machine tools and related machinery in manufacturing of pieces and parts.

Computer Numerical Control:

Computer Numerical Control is a type of programmable automation, directed by mathematical data, which uses microcomputers to carry out various machining operations.


See Computer Numerical Control

CNC Machining:

CNC Machining is a process that involves the use of computers to control machine tools.

CNC Plasma Cutting:

CNC Plasma Cutting is the process of cutting steel and other metals of different thicknesses using a plasma torch controlled by a computer.

Contract Manufacturing:

Contract Manufacturing is the process of contracting with a firmĀ for components or products required to manufacture an item.

Custom Welding Fabrication:

Custom Welding Fabrication is the process of building custom metal structures and parts through the use of welding.

Machine Shop:

A Machine Shop is a facility that has machine tools for working with metals or other relatively hard materials, as well as fabricating and repairing all types of metal objects.


Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a workpiece advancing in a direction at an angle with the axis of the tool.

Press Brake:

A Press Brake is a machine tool for bending sheet and plate metal and other materials.

Sheet Metal Fabrication:

Sheet Metal Fabrication is the process of cutting, shearing, rolling, bending, and punching sheet metal to fabricate parts and pieces.


Welding is the process of joining together two or more metal pieces or parts by heating the surfaces of the parts to the point of melting using a blow torch, electric arc, or other means, and then uniting them together by pressing, hammering, or some other technique.