the act or technique of making metal objects.

1880–85; metal + working Unabridged
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metalworking (ˈmɛtəlˌwɜːkɪŋ)
the processing of metal to change its shape, size, etc, as by rolling, forging, etc, or by making metal articles

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Example sentences
Huge amounts of crushed shells, along with basalt grinders and grindstones
  cover the metalworking site.
BC with metalworking tools, a quiver of fine arrows.
Still, they had to earn a living, so they put their metalworking skills to more
  prosaic use.
There will be cheap, abundant vitreous steel, and metalworking factories will
  be refitted to exploit the material's boons.
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