Steel fabricators are essential team partners when you require custom steel or steel alloy pieces. Their expertise mixed with your vision should result in completed orders that work for whatever projects you're using them for. While different fabricators go through the process in their own ways, inquiries like these inspire confidence about the finished results.
Are You Using Hot, Stainless or Cold Rolled Steel?
Steel is commonly used for all kinds of metal applications. However, all steel isn't appropriate for your particular pieces. Hot rolled, steel, for instance, isn't appropriate when the metal will be visible. It looks rough and very dull. You might prefer cold rolled metal that has gone through treatments which increase its strength. You may require stainless steel; this type is usually less weighty and contains nickel and chromium, rendering it more corrosion-resistant. You'll need to weigh your wallet against your project needs when deciding which metal to cut.
Would You Suggest Lasers?
While many traditional methods of handling steel work as well as they ever have, laser cutting seems to be surging past the competition. Typically more expensive than other techniques, lasers will quickly slice through steel sheets according to software-designed measurements. Orders are completed rapidly and you may save money; laser edges are often so clean that additional fabrication shop finishes are seldom needed.
Which Finishes Work?
If you forgo laser methods, finishes will protect the customised pieces and are necessary. However, steel pieces for different projects won't always be the same. Blackening may be needed for some projects to resist rust, while pieces for another project could benefit from high shine polishing. The shop can recommend specific treatments according to what they know about specific projects, so ensure you give them enough working information to properly advise you.
What's the Client Load?
Once you're fine with fabrication shop tasks as they relate to your needs, consider getting information about the waiting timeline. For instance, do they have so many high profile clients that your project work will be given the lowest priority? Do they have many clients with big orders so you won't have the attention your pieces warrant? To continue, ask questions that allow a fabrication shop to assure you that your company won't wait indefinitely for quality work.
Talks with fabrication shop managers should be planned for the next few days or weeks. These questions and your desire to have excellent steel pieces should pay off admirably.