Custom stainless steel fabrication is among the services offered by Topweld General Engineering and it covers many different applications for stainless steel welding. We work on projects of varying complexities in industries ranging from general construction to automotive. However, the term is rather vague by itself, and there is often confusion as to what kind of work custom stainless steel fabricators such as ourselves can do. We wish to make that clear with this short blog post. With this information, we hope to spread correct information regarding the services we offer, and hopefully reach out to those who would otherwise need our help.
Metal fabrication – and to an extent, stainless steel fabrication – is the process of turning raw materials, often plate metal and tube metals, into finished products through the process of cutting, forming, assembling, and welding. This is different from forging and machining, in that it focuses more on the assembly process of manufacturing by means of welding. As such, most fabricators are trained welders, but not all welders are trained at fabrication. Both manual labor and automation are used in fabrication, and even with the benefits of having machines do the more difficult and repetitive tasks, it still takes a well-trained fabricator to produce good results. Stainless steel is among the most common metals to work with for a multitude of reasons.
Pipes are commonly used to transport liquids and granular materials around the factory as they are being processed into finished goods. Tubes, on the other hand, come in a variety of shapes and are mostly used for structural purposes. Both have their own use case and require welding to be installed in the places they need to be. Topweld’s pipe and tube welding services include cutting and installation for machines and buildings.
Sheet metal fabrications are used for roofing, plating, and automotive bodies. They are incredibly versatile but require a careful and coordinated eye to weld to avoid burning through them accidentally due to their thinness. Handing the material, therefore, is not as easy as it looks. Lucky for you, our stainless steel fabricators are all too familiar with this problem and have honed their skills to do their work with both speed and precision.
Stainless steel fabrication is the complete process of cutting, forming, assembling, and welding metals like stainless steel into a finished product.
Welding is simply the joining of two or more pieces of metal using heat whereas metal fabrication also includes cutting and bending the metals into individual parts.
There are four major steps in stainless steel fabrication: cutting the metal, bending it to a desirable form, assembling, and combining the pieces together by means of welding.