SouthPOINTE Radiator offers custom fabrication services for all types of parts. We can make parts such as boat mufflers, fuel tank brackets, and much more. Contact us today with any project you need to be made.
Custom Fabrication Process
Custom fabrication is a process of creating metal products or structures that are tailored to specific design and functional requirements. This process involves several steps, from initial design and material selection to cutting, shaping, assembling, and finishing.
Design and Planning
The process begins with the client’s requirements and design specifications. Engineers, designers, or fabricators work closely with the client to create detailed drawings, blueprints, or CAD (Computer-Aided Design) models.
Choosing the right metal material is crucial. Commonly used metals include steel, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, and brass. Also, the choice of material depends on factors like strength, corrosion resistance, weight, and cost.
Once the design is finalized, the metal sheets or plates are cut to the required dimensions. In addition, various cutting methods are used, including shearing, sawing, laser cutting, plasma cutting, or waterjet cutting, depending on the material and thickness.
After cutting, the metal pieces may need to be shaped or formed to achieve the desired geometry. Also, this can be done through processes like bending, rolling, stamping, or CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining.
Joining and Assembly
Components are assembled using welding, bolting, riveting, or adhesives, depending on the design in addition to the materials involved. Welding is a common method for joining metal parts together.
The fabricated metal product may undergo surface treatments and finishing processes. These include sanding, grinding, polishing, painting, powder coating, anodizing, or galvanizing, depending on the desired appearance and functionality.
Inspection and Testing
Quality checks are performed throughout the fabrication process to ensure that the product meets the specified tolerances, dimensions, and quality standards. Furthermore, after fabrication, the product may undergo inspection and testing to verify its structural integrity, performance, and compliance with safety and industry standards.
Custom fabrication can be used to create a wide range of products, from simple metal brackets to complex structural components, machinery parts, architectural elements, and more. Finally, the process can be highly specialized and tailored to the specific needs of each project, making it a versatile method for producing customized metal items.