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Metal fabrication companies may be eligible for R&D tax credits for performing qualified research activities. For example, the following activities may be eligible for R&D tax credits:


  • Performing technical research on alternative metals and chemical compounds to improve product(s) or reduce waste

  • Performing technical research on dimensional stability issues (e.g. planar anisotropy)

  • Performing technical research into sheet metal thickness, tension and stretching

  • Developing new and/or improved welding procedures or processes

  • Developing new and/or improved cutting system(s) to enhance product consistency, reliability, or output

  • Designing new and/or improved processes to improve metal characteristics

  • Designing, developing, and/or testing cost-effective operational processes

  • Designing, developing, and/or testing product prototypes (e.g. die-cut tooling)

  • Designing and developing cost-effective operational processes

  • Designing new and/or improved specialty tools or jigs

  • Designing new and/or improved process or procedures to meet unique client specifications

  • Evaluating the integration of new materials, equipment, or machinery to improve or reduce costs of product(s) or manufacturing processes

  • Testing of alternative materials​ and/or fabrication processes

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