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Getting the Most from Your Custom Stainless Steel Fabrication Project in Australia

by Patrick Duncan Marketing Manager

Stainless steel is an alloy which is widely used in commercial, residential, and industrial applications for its shiny appearance, strength and durability. Stainless steel fabrication is used to shape steel into a desired form or shape.

Fabricators usually accept CAD drawings of the clients' project and use custom metal fabrication machinery to create custom designs as per the client's specifications. It is important that suitable fabrication techniques are used to create components with precise specifications. Each technique and methodology are used for different steel grades and applications to ensure the best outcomes from custom stainless steel fabrication.

Wire fabrication and finishing

Steel and other metals such as iron, copper, brass, gold, silver and aluminium can be used to draw wire from a hot-rolled section of steel called rod. These rods are cleaned in diluted sulphuric acid or molten salt baths, such as sodium hydroxide. Metallic grit blasting is used to clean spring wire. The metal is then washed and immersed in a coating solution such a borax or lime emulsion to neutralize any acid left on the metal. This also provides lubrication for the subsequent wire drawing operations.

The versatility of steel use

Right from kitchen sinks to automobiles and bridges, fabricated steel is extensively used in a variety of applications. Steel fabrication beams are used in handrails, pipe supports, ladders and other types of stairways. Steel provides durability and strength to your structures, and thus makes the world a safer place in which we build our structures. It is lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and affordable. These the qualities that make steel the best choice for structural constructions.

Work hardening for extra toughness

Work hardening is also used in custom metal fabrication processes and several other metal contexts. It alters the crystal structure of the steel. The process allows for easy machining, bending, and forming of steel. Hardening is done on metals to achieve high wear resistance. It allows for higher working stress with higher yield strength, toughness, and ductility. Hardening limits the possibility of deformation of the metal component or tool later in its life.

Experts at work

Custom stainless steel fabrication can be slow without experts who can use the latest tools, equipment and software. Expert metal fabricators make use of the latest tools and technologies for taking raw components and transforming them into marketable items. Industrial facilities in Australia and all over the world use steel and metal fabrication to create a range of components and parts for industrial, commercial and domestic applications.

However, before starting the fabrication process, the technician must gauge the original shape of the raw material. Heat, pressure, and electricity can be applied as and when required at different stages of custom metal fabrication. Electric arc furnaces can be used for creating very high temperatures. Best quality fab shops use advanced technology to keep track of the entire fabrication process and ensure its proficiency.

Environment-friendly fabrication process

Processes such as galvanization and sandblasting may also be used during the fabrication process. However, unnecessary finishing should be avoided in any steel or metal fabrication work. Grinding of welds should be done only for the components in close proximity to a building's components. Corrosion- resistant coating should take into account environmental conditions to be encountered.

Decorative steel projects

Laser cutting allows you to create the parts you want quickly. Custom stainless steel fabrication can be used for a variety of decoration projects as well, such as indoor and outdoor stainless steel sculptures, furniture, hall decoration, metal decorative partitions, different colour stainless steel pipes, hotel and restaurant decoration, 3-D stainless steel sheets and a lot more. Laser cutting devices provide a smooth edge for superior quality outcomes.

Custom stainless steel fabricators today use computer-aided design (CAD) detailing which is linked directly to the fab shop. Modern CNC equipment can cope with complex individualist designs in custom metal fabrication. Greater the complexity of the project, greater the cost of the custom fabrication. However, the use of a small range of standard bolts, single square end cuts and web holes with adequate flange clearance can help in reducing your custom metal fabrication project costs in Australia.


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