Metal fabrication refers to the process of cutting, shaping and molding metal material into a final product. This process consists of various stages that are very crucial in determining the precision and quality of the final product. One of the most important decisions involved in metal fabrication is choosing a good fabricator. The type of equipment and techniques used by a metal fabrication company contribute greatly to the quality of the metal product.
When selecting a metal fabricator, it is important to understand your project requirements. This ensures that you get a fabricator that will be able to handle your project needs and objectives. The following are some of the important considerations when choosing metal fabrication services.
Among the most important types of pre-fabrication services are design services. Manufacturing a metal product requires prior design and planning of a prototype that will serve as the guide to producing the final product. Failure to plan and design may result in production of a structurally weak metal product with inaccurate dimensions and other unpleasant qualities that may compromise the desired quality.
Design services in metal fabrication can be categorized as concept formulation, computer aided design (CAD) and tools and equipment design.
- Concept formulation. This is a planning stage that entails determining the desired attributes in the final metal product. These could be qualities such as the strength of the metal, versatility, aesthetics and shape. These services help in generating a detailed idea of the product that can be actualized.
- Computer-aided design (CAD). CAD refers to computer programs that are used in the generation of 3-dimension drawings and representations of products. CAD enables creation of an all-sided representation of the final product, enabling determination of accurate dimensions. This helps to curb any structural weaknesses that could result from using 2-dimensional representations.
- Tools and equipment design. These services involve design of metal tools and equipment that are used across various production and manufacturing industries.
Quality vs. cost of metal
There are different types of metal which are available in different qualities. Steel is one of the most commonly used metals in fabrication processes. There are different qualities of steel metal, the choice of which is determined by the desired quality of the final product. High quality steel is expensive; therefore, when deciding on the type of metal, the cost and quality are a major factor to consider. However, quality should not be compromised over cost as this will greatly affect the value of the final product.
Metal fabrication equipment
Advancement in technology has led to the production of high precision fabrication equipment. When choosing metal fabrication services, ensure that the equipment used are modern and make use of modern technology equipment. Some fabrication tools and fixtures such as jigs, templates and other special equipment should be manufactured prior to commencement of the process to ensure smooth flow and reduce downtime.