Behind the Scenes at Frontline Metal

From CNC Cutting to Hand Grinding
October 11, 2023 by
Frontline Metal, Meghan Carlsen
Imagine stepping into a world where technology meets artistry, where sheets of cold, hard metal transform into breathtaking masterpieces. This is the world of Frontline Metal. As America's premier boutique metal arts design studio, Frontline Metal fuses cutting-edge techniques with good old-fashioned craftsmanship to create metal art that captures the imagination. Let's pull back the curtain and journey behind the scenes.

The Visionary Beginning

It all starts with an idea—a spark of creativity. Often, these ideas are borne out of collaboration with customers, while at other times, they stem from the artistic souls of Frontline's design team. These concepts are translated into detailed sketches and designs, forming the foundation of the artwork to come.

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CNC Cutting: Precision at its Best

Once the design is finalized, it's time for the CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines to spring into action. These advanced machines, armed with data from the design software, meticulously cut the metal sheet according to the designated design. Every intricate detail, every curve, and every line is precisely carved out, ensuring accuracy to the minutest detail. The beauty of CNC cutting is its repeatability and precision, enabling Frontline Metal to reproduce the most intricate designs flawlessly every time.

Hand Grinding: The Human Touch

Post the cutting process, the raw piece of art moves to the hands of skilled craftsmen for grinding. Here’s where the true soul of the artwork begins to shine. Hand grinding involves manually shaping and smoothing the metal, adding depth, texture, and character to the piece. This process ensures each artwork is unique, carrying with it the touch, feel, and essence of the artisan's hand. It's a labor of love, where every stroke and every grind adds a new dimension to the artwork.

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The Finishing Touches

Once hand grinding is complete, the artwork undergoes powder coating—a process that not only enhances its visual appeal but also adds a layer of protection. This is followed by the application of a premium indoor top coat, ensuring the artwork remains as mesmerizing as the day it was crafted, even years down the line.

From meticulous hand grinding to protective powder coating and a final premium indoor finish, watch the transformation of artwork that's built to mesmerize for years to come.

Quality Assurance: The Frontline Seal

Before any piece leaves the studio, it undergoes a rigorous quality check. This is the final step in Frontline’s commitment to excellence. The artwork is inspected for any imperfections, ensuring that what reaches the customer is nothing short of perfection.


The journey from a simple sheet of metal to a stunning work of art is a testament to Frontline Metal's dedication, passion, and commitment to its craft. It's a blend of the precision of modern technology and the warmth of manual craftsmanship. This behind-the-scenes tour offers just a glimpse into the heart and soul that goes into every piece crafted at Frontline Metal. When you invest in a Frontline artwork, you're not just buying metal art; you're becoming a part of a legacy of excellence and artistry.

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Frontline Metal, Meghan Carlsen October 11, 2023
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