What is metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication entails moulding raw materials to their intended shape. Raw materials are heated and combined into steel before being formed into the desired form. The procedure necessitates a trained expert with the knowledge of converting raw components into marketable items, and there is often a high degree of tolerance. Steel fabrication is used in industry to make everything from car parts to industrial kitchens and other steel products.
What methods can be used for metal fabrication?
Cutting metal sheets is the most common fabrication process. You can cut them into halves, quarters or different sections. In plenty of instances, the actual metal that is cut is actually brand new and hasn’t been moulded into anything of purpose. In some situations, bars and other panels that have already been formed are brought for tasks such as cutting. Cuts can be made on a variety of equipment, ranging from advanced lasers and plasma torches to even more advanced, latest-tech pieces of equipment.
Folding is an advanced metal-processing operation because it involves bending the metal surface at a particular angle. With folding, the overall goal is to fold the metal at a ninety-degree angle. You can do that by folding it less or more. Although the folding procedure is rather straightforward, it should only be completed in workshops that host specialist, advanced technology equipment because of the intricacy of the entire overall process. For certain projects, where a particular fold is required, joining two (or something more) metal panels with particular angles could end up being a more useful choice.
At BLV Engineering we specialise in MIG and TIG welding of Steel, Stainless Steel, and Aluminium and use pulsed welders to assist us to control heat input into a part, minimise distortion, and improve the quality of the parts we create.
The process of removing parts from a section of metal with the aid of a machine is called ‘machining’. More often than not, a lathe is used to rotate metal sections against specialist tools that cut the corners and the edges to cut the overall piece down to the required form or size. In other machining operations, a hole (or for some projects multiple holes) will be drilled straight through the metal surface.
When required holes are drilled in a metal object, the procedure begins with punching, which entails putting metal under a specialist die and being punched through by a particular drill. The punch must be the right size if the drill’s circumference fits properly through the used die. The intention of an application determines whether a punch is classified as a direct or indirect hit. The majority of the time, the aim is to create holes in a metal panel for use with latches or different foreign components. The material is then removed from the top of a bigger panel in order to produce a bit part that is smaller in applications such as blanking.
What are the advantages of metal fabrication?
Metal fabrication has many different benefits depending on the application, including:
- Cost-Effective: Steel fabrication is often cheaper than other methods of forming, such as injection moulding.
- Customisable: The shaping process allows for specific customisation to fulfill customer needs.
- Fast Turnaround Time: Many types of steel can be formed quickly with minimal delays in delivery time.
- Efficient Transport: Because steel is very easily portable, it makes the supply chain much more efficient.
- Strength: Steel has a high level of strength and can withstand many different loads such as tension and compression.