Metal fabrication: Overview

You see the effect of custom metal processing  in Gold Coast every time you go into a car, pick up a phone, use a tool, or switch on an electrical gadget. Bolts and screws, flatware, pipe fittings, vehicle parts, and even screwdrivers are examples of manufactured metal products in Gold Coast. However, many of us struggle to comprehend what precise metal fabrication in Gold Coast, let alone how it influences every aspect of our lives. Metal fabrication involves moulding metal things through bending or cutting to create products.

Metal Fabrication Technology is a type of technology used to make metal objects

Metal fabrication is a relatively older process that was prevalent since its inception in the 1400s. As the industrial revolution gained precedence, so did the process and with the rise in modern technology, metal fabrication grew to advanced proportions. Even though the basic principles remain somewhat constant, the technological advancements paved the way for newer designs in the field of automation, transport, construction and the likes. Suffice to say, with the growing demand for metallic products, metal fabrication isn’t something that’s going to go away anytime soon. Metal fabrication plays a crucial role in producing a wide range of products, including but not limited to foundation anchor bolts used in construction projects. The entire process of fabrication of metals follow roughly two main elements which make up the core of the manufacturing process:

Manufacturing Using the CAD software

Computer-aided design, or CAD for short, is crucial in developing metal fabrication in Gold Coast. Designs are made using the software which are later used to create the final product during the fabrication process. Thanks to the versatility of the software, 3D models can be made seamlessly and with less effort and implemented into the manufacturing without any delay. With an array of programming languages ready to be used, users can program the application to create models that they see fit. It might be worth noting that programming is the cornerstone for all the automated fabrication processes that make use of CAD for designing purposes. As a result, products can be made easily with less human intervention.

Machinery: With more advanced machines in tow, the time taken to produce new products is less and at the same time, the efficiency of other processes such as cutting also improves. These technologies are projected to grow in popularity in the coming years, particularly as fabricators want more flexibility from their machinery.

Metal Fabrication Processes Types

Metal manufacturing involves several different processes. The shape of the part, the sort of use it will receive, and the material it is built of will influence the precise mix of metal or steel manufacturing procedures used. Here are some examples of options for various fabrication processes:

Cutting: The most basic operation in metal manufacturing is cutting, which can be achieved using lasers, waterjets, shearing, sawing, or flame cutting. This is how the sheet metal is transformed into a component of the desired size and shape. Waterjet or laser cutting is the most common technology used today.

Casting: A die creates a mould, which the fabricator then fills with molten metal. After removing the dice, the metal cools and solidifies, and the portion remains.

Forging: High-pressure equipment compresses raw metal so that it can be bent and shaped by a fabricator.

Turrets pound pre-designed patterns into metal, either for ornamental or functional purposes.

Drawing: A tensile force pulls molten material into a tapering die.

Milling: A cutting mechanism creates perforations in metal, which can be non-circular due to the machine’s design.

Drilling: A drill uses a circular bit to create holes in metal.

Turning: A technician places the chunk of metal on a rotating platform and uses a tool to cut it axially while it spins.

Author:  Alison Lurie