Metal fabrication is the process of taking a raw metal and then working it so that it can be formed in to different tools and shapes and pieces. This is typically done to create industrial machinery or pieces for machinery. The process of fabrication is a multi step one and is typically done by a means of combining personal and automated processes. Our workers take care of the smaller steps, while our machines check for accuracy and take care of the steps that a human cannot do. By combining these, we can sure that fabrication is perfectly rendered.
Shearing is the process if cutting huge metal sheets in to smaller and more manageable sheets of metal. If we are starting with a smaller sheet of metal to begin with, we can sometimes cut these by hand. However, most of the time, when it comes to shearing, we cut the metal sheets by machine. We do this because machines help to keep cuts straight and accurate and they can power through much harder metals. Shearing is a great first step in the process because it makes the metal easier to work with.
Forming is the process in which the previously cut steel is then bent in to shape. This is done with specialized dyes or materials that are meant to not break or crack the steel, while still forcing it in to shape. In this process, the steel is bent in to a 3D shape, instead of only being a piece of flat metal. If the process is being done with soft metals, they can usually be bent in to shape by human hands. However, if the metal is hardened, we use machines that help to push metal in to shape, without taking any metal away.
Grinding is a process that, after metal is bent and welded in to place, help to finish out whatever metal part we are working with. Grinding helps to remove any sharp edges and also helps to round out pointy corners. By doing this, we can ensure that the metal piece are safe to be handled by the average consumer. If the pieces we are working with, in this step, are small, we usually house hand sanders to make sure all rough spots are removed. If the piece is bigger, we use industrial machines to finish the metal off.
Finalizing, as it sounds, is the last step in the metal fabrication process. In this step, it could be that we are taking one last look at any rough spots that may have been missed, so that we can grind them down and smooth them out. It may be that we are adding a grain purposely to the metal so that it performs as it should. In this step, we will also paint the metal and treat it, if need be. We often add a sealant for protection as well. We then ship of the metal part to whatever client ordered it.