Advanced Steel Fabrication

Steel fabrication projects are seen everywhere in modern society; the world relies heavily on different kinds of steel fabricated projects in order for people to live their lives in the way they do. People often associate steel fabrication with the production of large buildings. This is true but fabrication is also used in a myriad of other items from kitchen sinks and door handles, to lift shafts and stairwells. The automotive and other vehicle industries also carry out vast amount of steel fabrication projects on a daily basis.

Custom and advanced steel fabrication is an in demand part of the construction industry and the high level of skill needed to produce one off and individual projects means that it can be sometimes hard to find a capable fabricator. Because of high demand, advanced steel fabrications are likely to be priced above regular fabrication projects, although the level of service provided will ensure that the price you are quoted is justified.

Steel fabrication process

The process for an advanced project of steel fabrication will include everything from the design to the assembly of the idea. The design of the project is done by creating a detailed 2D and 3D drawing based on the client’s perspective.

Advanced techniques include the use of a computer program known as Advance Steel
Advance Steel is a computer assisted design (CAD) software programme that allows a 3D model of a steel structure to be produced. It also uses AutoCAD to provide automatic creation of fabrication drawings.

The Advance Steel software is becoming an essential tool in providing fabricators with the clear and concise models and drawings for them to follow. The main features of the program include:

  • Creation of a 3D model using a database of construction elements such as beams, plates and welds.
  • Advanced tools for the use of element collision detection
  • Multi user technology. This is beneficial as it allows multiple people to work on the on a project simultaneously without errors
  • Automatic creation of lists
  • Drawings clear for workshops, automatically labelled and dimensioned

The results provided by the Advance Steel software are then passed onto the fabricators who are able to provide the next part of the advanced steel fabrication project.

The next step in question is the creation of the steel. Steel is cut to the correct size stated on the engineered drawings and then formed to the required shape. These process are done in a number of ways and involve the use of shearing blades, laser cutting machinery, rolling machines, brake presses with specially shaped dies and mandrels.

Once the steel is designed to the required shape and size, all of the pieces will require welding. This is also done is different ways with different types of welding technique used depending on how precise the weld needs to be. The types of welding technique used in advanced steel fabrication are generally, MIG, TIG and Arc welding.

Smaller projects will be assembled at the fabrication shop; whereas large jobs may need on-site assembly. It is sometimes possible to partly construct a project for quicker on-site assembly this is known as prefabrication.





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