There are many different processes used in the fabrication of steel components, parts, equipment, and items. Steel is one of the most universally used alloys, with different alloying materials used to increase tensile strength, corrosion resistance, machinability, weldability and other factors.
Specialised types of steel alloys are used in many different applications. This includes the manufacturing of automobile and heavy equipment, in the construction of buildings, bridges, and tools as well as in shipbuilding and for military and defensive applications.
Steel fabrication is the process, or the processes, use to turn steel in bars, sheets or plates into specific parts, components or objects. There are many different options fabricators can choose to create the desired end product.
In many machines and systems used in steel fabrication today, CNC or computer numerical control is used. This allows a specialised computer reading a CAD/CAM drawing file to control the equipment to machine, punch, bore, drill and even lathe and grind the shapes and the elements required.
With this technology, exact precision fabricating to tight tolerances and industry specifications can be easily incorporated into the fabrication process. Not only does every part look identical to all other parts produced, but they are also all identical to the original drawing.
To speed up the process of steel fabrication and also to decrease production time, reduce waste and lower cost per unit of production, other technology is often used. This includes laser cutting, plasma cutting as well as bead blasting and various types of TIG and MIG welding services.
Top companies offering fabrication of steel and other metals and alloys can provide cost-effective options for prototypes, bespoke design, and parts or for larger volume production runs. They can often complete these services in-house, ensuring quality control and assurance for their customers with every project completed.