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Frequently Asked Questions


Where is All Metals Fabrication (AMF) located?

We are located in Ogden, Utah, just 40 miles north of Salt Lake City at 3160 South 1900 West; Ogden, Utah 84401.

What are All Metals Fabrication’s core niches?

AMF specializes in ornamental, architectural and industrial metal fabrication. We fabricate nearly all types of metal but focus mainly on stainless steel, aluminum, steel and copper. We also use the latest in fabrication equipment including flat laser, tube laser, forming, MIG and TIG welding.

We are great at both architectural and mechanical drawings and work with software modeling that combines the two.

How long has All Metals Fabrication been in business?

Over twenty-five years and counting.

How did All Metals Fabrication originate?

AMF originated back in December 1992. It was a cold, snowy winter and much of the work to complete the early manufacturing plant happened at night while the company tried to sell during the day.

AMF certainly had many detractors—those that said we could never do it, but those naysayers underestimated the spirit and direction of our work.

The months and years have quickly transpired and the business has grown from a few key men to now, close to a hundred employees.

What industries does All Metals Fabrication serve?

We provide top-of-the-line metal fabrication for a range of industries, including public transportation, commercial buildings, aviation and healthcare, but we specialize in industrial and architectural metal fabrication.

What makes All Metals Fabrication unique?

AMF was founded on the principles of hard work, fair play, integrity and mutual respect for all. We employ a manifesto aimed directly at our customers that includes the following:

  • Your success is as important to us as it is to you.
  • We are committed to the utmost integrity.
  • We are relentless in our drive for Quality and On-Time delivery.
  • We seek your honest feedback and promise to listen.

We care deeply about every customer and every job and we take it personally when things do not go well.

We hope that the combination of our values and the care we have for our customers is evident when you connect with anyone at AMF.

We are passionate about doing the right things, the right way.

Why choose All Metals Fabrication?

With a focus on integrity, customer success, high-quality results, honest feedback and listening, AMF’s absolute commitment is to make our customers happy. This, plus our top-tier technology and determination to offer a range of fabrication options makes us the best choice for your metal fabrication needs.

What is All Metals Fabrication’s mission statement?

AMF’s mission statement is the never-ending pursuit toward improving individual lives—inside and outside the company. May we always work to strengthen people, their respective families and communities.


What are All Metals Fabrications operating hours?

AMF operates on a 4×10 work week. The best hours to reach us are 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday – Thursday.

What is the best way to get a quote from All Metals Fabrication?

Email us an RFQ to We love to receive both PDF and CAD models to review and download into our estimating software.

What certifications does All Metals Fabrication have?

AMF expects to be ISO 9001 certified by January 2021. In addition, AMF hires and tests all our welders with certifications to AWS standards.

Does All Metals Fabrication do in-house shop drawings?

AMF does all shop drawings and submittals in-house using Solid Works, AutoCad, Revit and others.

What is All Metals Fabrication’s standard lead times?

AMF works hard to maintain realistic due dates. We normally try to keep all orders inside 2–3 weeks, depending on the size and complexity of the work. Naturally, those dates flex both ways. We do incorporate a robust enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to monitor demand and watch shop load at every workstation.

We combine our ERP system with bi-weekly project management meetings to talk about jobs, customers, unique requirements and other lead time and production issues.

The combination of a great ERP system and a rigid meeting rhythm helps AMF hit due dates with high accuracy.

How does All Metals Fabrication manage on-time delivery and what is their production schedule?

AMF incorporates a robust ERP system to monitor demand and track shop load at every workstation.

Our shop is divided by work centers and we use bar-coded routers to trace projects throughout each work center in the shop. If our customers call and ask about their projects, we can easily reference our ERP system and track each job specifically without ever having to walk into the shop.

We combine our ERP system with bi-weekly project management meetings to talk about jobs, customers, unique requirements and other issues—the whole point being to keep jobs on time.

The combination of a great ERP system and a rigid meeting rhythm helps AMF hit due dates with high accuracy.

How does All Metals Fabrication manage its Continuous Improvement initiatives?

AMF takes Continuous Improvement initiatives extremely seriously—it is not a flavor-of-the-month activity. We use an inverted pyramid management approach and encourage all our craftsmen, including the newest hires, to submit ideas as often as possible.

AMF collects those ideas every week and adds them to our continuous improvement list. We use a continuous improvement committee to review each idea and determine how and when to implement.

Hundreds of ideas a year pour into our system and we work hard to implement most of them, making us better every single day.

We also are very appreciative when our customers give us feedback and ideas to improve.


How do I get a job at All Metals Fabrication?

If you have a positive attitude and a solid work ethic, apply at AMF by sending your resume to or coming to our plant and filling out an application.

What are the key payroll and benefits beyond wages that All Metals Fabrication offers their employees?

AMF cares deeply, pursuant to our mission statement, about every person working in our organization. To that end, we offer 100% healthcare coverage for all our employees—including their dependents.

Our employees pay nothing for their healthcare except a very small, yearly deductible.

Healthcare benefits include vision, dental and mental health, as well.

In addition to healthcare, AMF has a very generous 401K plan, allowing 4% contributions at time of employment, and matching up to 3% of employee contributions.

How often does All Metals Fabrication run payroll?

We run payroll weekly!


What types of metal does All Metals Fabrication work with?

AMF works on a very large variety of metal types, grades, alloys and shapes. Although it would be impossible to list every metal type, thickness and shape, we have a short list below of the common materials that we regularly fabricate:

  • Stainless Steel, type 304, 316 and 316L
    • Sheet sizes are typically 48”x120”
    • Sheet thickness ranges from 26 GA to 1.00” Plate
    • Other shapes include tube, pipe, angle, channel and bar
  • Aluminum, type 5052, 6061 and 3003
    • Sheet sizes are typically 48”x120”
    • Sheet thickness ranges from .025 GA to 1.00” Plate
    • Other shapes include tube, pipe, angle, channel and bar
  • Carbon Steel, type A36, 1018 and 1045
    • Sheet sizes are typically 48”x120”
    • Sheet thickness ranges from 26 GA to 1.00” Plate
    • Other shapes include tube, pipe, angle, channel and bar
  • Galvanized and pre-painted steels
    • Sheet sizes are typically 48”x120”
    • Sheet thickness ranges from 26 GA to 10GA
  • Copper, Brass, Bronze and Zinc
    • Sheet sizes are typically 36”x96”
    • Sheet thickness ranges from .025 GA to .250”
    • Shapes vary significantly

Where will you find All Metals Fabrication work installed?

AMF’s work is installed across the US but focuses mainly along the Wasatch Front. We have railing installed, for example, in all of Utah’s major universities and sports arenas, including Vivint Smart Arena, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Brigham Young University’s Marriott Center, Utah Valley University’s Student Center, Brigham Young University Idaho’s basketball facility and Weber State University’s Union Building.

Our work is featured in credit unions, professional buildings, museums, civic centers, art theaters, courthouses and public schools.

Outside of Utah, we have installed work at the University of Texas’ Moody Basketball facility. Nike Headquarters in Oregon, Ground Zero Museum in New York, Zumiez in Minnesota and Alaska, courthouses in San Francisco, casinos in Louisiana, airports in Kansas City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Flat Sheet Laser Cutting

What is flat sheet laser cutting? 

This metal fabrication process uses laser technology to vaporize metals to produce a precise cut edge. Flat sheet laser cutting provides reliable solutions for large-quantity projects, offering clean cuts, tight tolerances and repeatable results without the need for any additional tooling.

Why use All Metals Fabrication for your flat sheet metal laser cutting?

Succinctly answered, three huge benefits: 1) short lead times, 2) competitive pricing and 3) top-level quality all made possible by 10kW fiber lasers with automated material towers.

Obviously, there are many places that have laser cutting technology. At AMF, we are passionate about making our customers happy and stress free.

We have capacity to cut both sheet metal and plate metal around the clock, including lights-out technology—flat sheet laser cutting that truly allows our customers to sleep at night while their parts are being tirelessly cut!

Our lead times, in nearly all cases, that are measured in days—we seek to maintain the fastest lead times in the industry. We are committed to delivery dates that rival Amazon-like speed and ease.

We are ISO 9001 certified manufacturer and work relentlessly on process improvement and continuous improvement. We do not hesitate to acknowledge our imperfections—no one is infallible. Similarly, we are confident in our quality and production—orrective actions and continuous improvement are such a core part of our process and quality management.

Why is automation so critical in today’s flat sheet laser cutting shops?

Fiber laser power is being developed at such extremely high levels that machines now cut faster than human hands can process.

In other words, loading metal on and off the machine is the bottleneck.

The key here is an old operational term called throughput.

Cutting metal fast only leads to improved efficiency if the parts are moving on and off the machine just as fast. Automation has become a critical component to the powerful fiber technology.

Can All Metals Fabrication’s flat sheet laser cutting automation really cut parts lights out?

Short answer, yes! Remote monitoring with cameras, computer-generated feedback and even sound all play a part in allowing laser cutting to be successfully done in the middle of the night.

Should there be a problem, alarms can be sent to operations personnel who can quickly assess the errors at home. Cameras inside the cutting enclosure can often tell the story and allow for remote repairs that can be done online.

Flat sheet laser cutting operators will arrive in the morning with stacks of parts that are ready to sort and ship the next morning.

Not all automation is created equal—what makes AMF’s flat sheet laser cutting automation unique?

Some shops have invested in tower loading automation, but even fewer shops have invested in the offloading part of the automation.

AMF has both automated loading and offloading. Both are essential to maximize throughput and productivity.

The automation is just as important as the flat sheet laser cutting itself. Both must be fast and accurate to create real value for the customer.

What materials are suitable for flat sheet laser cutting? 

Our lasers can cut stainless steel, steel and aluminum, as well as round tubes, square tubes, pipes, angles, channels, flat sheets and more.

What type of metal can All Metals Fabrication’s flat sheet laser cut?

AMF can cut nearly any metal type imaginable. That includes steel, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, copper, brass, bronze, galvanized, electro-galvanized and more.

What is the thickest material All Metals Fabrication can cut on its flat sheet laser?

In addition to flat sheet, All Metals Fabrication can cut plate metal up to 1.00″ thick.

What tolerances can flat sheet laser cutting maintain?

Flat sheet laser cutting can maintain tolerance around .005″ but that can be challenging and certainly adds significantly to the cost of the part.

We generally recommend tolerance blocks set at .01″. This is almost always sufficient to accomplish the design intent and can be cut and measured very successfully.

Is flat sheet laser cutting better than waterjet cutting? 

While both subtractive manufacturing techniques, flat laser machines offer more precise cutting tolerances than waterjet cutting machines.

Is there a minimum-sized order for flat sheet laser cutting?

All Metals Fabrication does not employ minimum-sized orders for laser cutting if our customers are willing to use the auto-quoting and auto-ordering online feature. This requires customers to generate CAD models and upload their models into our online quoting software. It always requires pre-payment with an online credit card submission.

Of course, AMF also works with large-sized customers that use traditional purchase orders and bid requests. These jobs often result in orders that are ten thousand to one hundred thousand dollar-sized jobs, spanning months of releases.

We aim to fill our customer pool with little, medium, big and super-big sized jobs.

What are common issues that stall flat sheet laser cutting jobs?

Flat sheet laser cutting has its own set of nuances that many customers do not realize.

Some of the key issues that help us be successful include the following:

One, accurate and complete models. Incorrect models are often our biggest struggle. Multi-lines, unattached lines and BOM layers can often make life difficult when it comes to programming and nesting models for laser cutting.

Two, hole sizes are too small compared to the thickness of the metal. New fiber lasers are very good at cutting super small holes, even in very thick metal. The general rule, however, is that the hole size must not be smaller than the thickness of metal.

For example, a .250″ thick metal plate should not have holes that are less than .250″ diameter. This can be fudged within reason, but we often get hole sizes that are simply too small to cut accurately. For example, a .065 diameter hold will not successfully cut through .250″ thick metal plate.

Three, part drawings do not match model.

Four, hole sizes do not match downstream callouts for tapping or added fasteners like pem nuts or pem inserts. It is important for our customers to do the necessary research to allocate the right hole sizes for downstream processes.

What is stopping you from ordering All Metals Fabrication’s laser parts?

This might be the most important question yet…😊. Give AMF a chance to prove our work. Again, we promise fantastic lead times, very competitive pricing and superb quality. All of that is aimed toward giving you, the customer, a stress-free, happy experience.

MIG and TIG Welding

What is MIG welding? 

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding is an arc welding process that joins two materials together using a solid wire electrode fed through a welding gun into a weld pool. MIG welding is most often used for large and thick materials. It is generally faster than TIG and produces welds that require less cleaning and finishing.

What is MIG welding used for? 

MIG welding is commonly used in architectural and industrial metal fabrication applications with a wide range of material thickness.

What is TIG welding? 

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding is an arc welding process in which the arc is formed between a tungsten electrode and the metal using an atmosphere of helium or argon.

What is TIG welding used for? 

TIG welding is used for high-precision welding on smaller and thinner materials, including tricky welds like S curves or round pieces.

Which metals can be welded? 

TIG welding is used to weld thin pieces of stainless steel as well as magnesium, aluminum and copper alloys. MIG is generally used for thicker pieces of stainless steel, magnesium, aluminum and copper, as well as nickel, silicon bronze and carbon steel.

What is a CWI?

CWI stands for Certified Welding Inspector. AMF employs in-house CWIs that watch over all our welding standards and ensure welding quality that adheres to American Welding Society (AWS) standards.

What does the welding acronym WPS mean?

WPS stands for Welding Procedure Specifications. It is, more or less, a welder’s guide to the applicable standards and requirements needed to make the weld successful. Many people compare it to a food recipe, which consists of both ingredients and directions that tell the chef how to apply, mix and cook the ingredients. For example, similar to including meat type, cooking temperature and cooking time in a recipe, the WPS gives welders information about base metal, amps, volts, welding travel speed and other details.

The combination of all these materials and instructions ensures that the welding process is repeatable and consistent.

What does the welding acronym PQR mean?

PQR stands for Procedure Qualification Record and each WPS starts with a PQR. It is a test record and lists the values recorded during test piece welding. PQRs are proof of ability and WPS’ are the instructions to make sure the ability follows suit with the recipe.

Precision Fabrication

What fabrication services and capabilities does All Metals Fabrication have?

We offer precision fabrication, tube laser cutting, flat sheet laser cutting, sheet metal forming and rolling, press brake forming, metal sawing, water jet cutting, MIG and TIG welding, deburring and finishing services. Our equipment includes flat lasers, press brakes, tube lasers, shears, welding machines, routers, rolls and saws. We service clientele in both industrial and architectural fabrication. Our niche is generally around .375″ material and lighter; although, we do heavier work for smaller-sized weldment assemblies.

What are examples of typical fabrication projects All Metals Fabrication works on?

With over twenty-five years in business, AMF has seen about everything. We have fabricated stainless steel benches for Ground Zero Museum in New York. We have fabricated conveyor components for the food industry, railing for the light transportation industry and construction industry, as well as enclosures, hoods, panels, hoists, guards, platforms, climbing walls, pipe supports, escalator cladding, countertops, storefronts, building envelopes, etc.

Fabricators can weld in multiple positions, make the difficult look easy and enjoy challenges and new jobs day-in and day-out.

Being a booth welder at AMF is not good enough—we hire advanced fabricators.

What is the difference between a fabricator and welder?

This might be one of the most important questions in the field. AMF works hard to hire fabricators, not just welders. Fabricators are the type of welders that can solve complex problems, look ahead to potential pitfalls, add grinding skills that make a perfectly welded part look fantastic with the finishing touches.

Fabricators can weld in multiple positions, make the difficult look easy and enjoy challenges and new jobs day-in and day-out.

Being a booth welder at AMF is not good enough—we hire advanced fabricators.

Sheet Metal Fabrication

What types of architectural and ornamental work does All Metals Fabrication offer?

AMF offers a wide variety of ornamental or decorative architectural work. We work on projects up and down the Wasatch Front as well as throughout the country.

We specialize in ornamental railing, glass railing, stainless steel railing, artistic elements like steeples, pergolas, ornamental hoods, decorative columns, wall panels, meshes, perforated panels, etc. Visit our architectural web page to see examples and pictures of the work we do to make construction projects look great.

Is sheet metal fabrication the same as HVAC work?

Most HVAC is fabricated from galvanized sheet metal. Sometimes the terms sheet metal and HVAC are used synonymously, but they are not, in fact, the same. HVAC is a niche in the sheet metal industry but many sheet metal types and sizes are used for fabrication and manufacturing that does not include HVAC.

What is the difference between sheet metal and plate metal?

Opinions vary, but we typically think metal sheet thickness over .250″ is in the category of plate metal and .187″ and under is in the category of traditional sheet metal.

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