Advanced Metal Fabrication and Machine, inc founder Dale Aurich begins his metal working career at Arizona Precision Short Run. Within nine months he is promoted to shop foreman.
Like Harley-Davidson, Nike, Hewlette-Packard and countless other companies, Advanced Metal Fabrication and Machine, Inc. was founded in a garage. While working full time during the day for a precision mold and die company, Dale Aurich purchased some equipment and set up his own fab shop in his garage to run small jobs at night. Within a few months the orders were pouring in and Dale left his day job to run Advanced Metal Fabrication and Machine, Inc. full time.
In 1986, still operating from an over stuffed garage filled with equipment and projects we rented our first shop in Tempe Arizona. That first shop which seemed huge at the time is less than 10% the size of our current building, and now wouldn't even hold our laser cutting facilities.
Just four years after moving into our first shop we outgrew it and rented our second shop, with double the space of our first shop.
Previously tubing had to be tediously bent by hand, a process that was fraught with error and waste. Always seeking better precision and speed we installed our first CNC tube bender.
In 1993 we bought out a joint venture and substantial expanded our in-house machining capacity allowing us to offer volume production machining to our customers.
It seems like as soon as we moved into the shop we had in 1990 it was too small, in 1994 we doubled our shop space again.
Before lasers, cutting was typically done with a torch, or a waterjet, both have their uses, but they aren't as precise, fast, and certainly don't leave as nice of edges as a laser cutter. In 1995 we installed our first laser cutter, a pretty cutting edge unit for the time it allowed us to greatly improve our accuracy and speed. It was good to us for many years, but it's hardly a candle compared to our current laser cutting facilities
Advanced Metal Fabrication and Machine, Inc. has always prided itself on being a cutting edge company, and in 1998 we got on board with the then still new, and now de facto standard SolidWorks. Even after all these years we still look forward every new release.
With our existing machine shop running maxed out we decided it was time to upgrade to CNC Machining allowing for higher production throughput, quicker turnarounds on smaller jobs, and of course a nice bump in quality.
In 2001 Advanced Metal Fabrication and Machine, Inc. made a really big move, we moved 90 miles from Phoenix to Prescott Arizona into our current 34,000 square foot facility.
In 2011 we bought a new Trumpf TruLaser 1030 2.5kw laser cutting system.