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A Guide To Steel Fabrication

Find out how the industry works

Essentially, steel fabrication involves reworking raw steel into a usable and efficient product. There are many forms of metal and a whole host of fabricated steels designed for different jobs. Though fabrication remains the same throughout all these varying materials and uses. The process, in simple terms then, involves turning metal into a unique shape. So, what are some fabrication techniques, and how do they work?


Machining is the process of removing material from a metal to create tools or machinery. The technique is commonly used to create small holes in metal objects which can be used to fasten bolts or screws to the object.

There are many different techniques for machining, but what are they?


Milling involves a rotating cutting tool. Skilled metal workers will then apply the chosen metal toward the cutting tool and shape the object to the desired shape. Many metal experts consider milling as one of the most practical and multifunctional methods for machining metals.


Drilling is likely one of the more obvious techniques in the machining industry and the process involves either creating a new hole or widening an existing hole in a metal object or tool. A large metal drill piece is applied with force to the surface of the object and rotates at high speed to create the desired shape.


Boring involves widening a hole that has already been drilled in the past. The main tools that are used in boring are a lathe, milling machine, or horizontal boring mill. All of these methods have unique processes. However, they are all designed to achieve the same end result of enlarging an existing hole in the metal.


Cutting is, of course, another vital aspect of the steel fabrication industry. Many steel beams or larger objects will need cutting to create the exact length which is required to produce the finished product. Whether the steelworker needs to cut a large section of the material or just a small shaving, cutting is, without a doubt, an extremely important process in fabrication.


Arguably the most famous technique in metal fabrication, welding involves joining two metal objects together. However, welding can also involve bending a metal object. Welding works by heating the two objects to extreme temperatures to melt the metals, allowing them to bind together. After the metals cool, this causes fusion, which in turn makes the joining point of the metal extremely strong.

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