Metal Fabrication is the manufacturing process to build machines and structures from raw metal. The process consists of cutting, burning, machining, forming, and assembly to create the end product.
There is a wide range in metal fabrication projects from hand railings to heavy machinery. Most of the metal fabrication projects include customised designs and fabrication that suits the client’s requirements.
Subcategories of Metal Fabrication
- Heavy Industrial Plate Metal
This includes a huge steel plate with a thickness ranging from 1” – 4” and is used in fabrication processes like Plasma Cutting, Rolling, Welding, Heat Treating, and Finishing. This metal is used in fabricating products like mining equipment, pressure vessels, aluminium tanks, etc.
- Light Industrial Sheet Metal
In contrast to the heavy metal plate, this is a smaller weighted metal with a thickness ranging from 1/32” – ½” and is used in fabricating processes like Brake Forming, Welding, Laser Cutting, Anodising, etc. The final products include Computer enclosures, Cases, OEM Parts, etc.
- Heavy Structural Steel
They include structural iron and beams that weigh hundreds of pounds. Sawing Cutting, Plasmas Cutting, Drilling, Welding, and Sandblasting are some of the fabricating processes that use heavy structural steel. It is used in products like Structural Iron at Sky-Scrappers, Large Bridges or Tunnel Supports, etc.
- Light Structural Sheet
This includes structural tubes, angles, and beams that weigh less than a hundred pounds and are used in fabrication processes like Sawing Cutting, Plasmas Cutting, Drilling, Welding, Sandblasting, etc. It is used in products like Small Buildings, Small Bridges, Platforms, Supports, etc.
The process of Metal Fabrication
There is a broad range of applications in metal fabrications across many industries and consumer products. The raw materials include plate metal, castings, fittings, formed and expanded metal, sectional metal, flat metal, and welding wire.
There are many experts in the process, including welders, ironworkers, blacksmiths, boilermakers, and other similar professionals that convert these raw materials into their final products.
Here is a brief breakdown of how the metal fabrication process takes place:
Designing: Any project starts with a design. Some businesses come with a complete design, while others come with a prototype, in which we work together to refine and test the design before starting the process. Many fabricators use Computer-Aided Design programs (CAD) or Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM). These programs help us develop a 3D prototype before we begin the actual metalwork. This ensures the functionality of the product.
Fabricating: Fabricating is the actual building process. Here, the cutting and shaping of the metal like the design take place. There are different tools to carry out different tasks, including shears, mills, lathes, and nibblers.
Assembling and Finishing: The final step includes assembling the parts into a final product. They strengthen the product, and the finishing techniques like deburring and grinding make sure the products are all set to be used.
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