While sheet metal fabrication and ironwork equipment appear similar, there are key differences between the two. So, before deciding one over the other, it’s important to consider your needs. Although ironwork is more structural, sheet metal fabrication is more functional.  

But how do you know what’s best for you? Well, in this blog, we’ve created a list of some fundamental differences to help you make a decision. 


While both sheet metal fabrication and ironwork are extremely durable and work for functional prototypes and final production, ironwork equipment requires additional maintenance as they are more prone to rust or corrode.  


The designing and shaping of sheet metal fabricated products is a more intricate and extensive process that demands a highly skilled professional. The processes that they follow include die cutting, shrinking, finishing and more. Contrastingly, iron work products are a lot easier to be shaped and formed. 


In terms of scalability, ironwork equipment and sheet metal fabrication are comparable. Both pieces of equipment can scale to different areas of work, such as automobile and aircraft restoration shops, sheet metal stamping shops and more. 


Sheet metals are easily available. This is a massive advantage as you do not have to spend a large sum of money in obtaining the metal. Similarly, iron is also a readily available material and is incredibly cost-effective.  

At ACRA Machinery, we stock a dynamic range of both ironwork and sheet metal fabrication equipment. To learn more about our capabilities or to request a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling us on 03 9794 6675.