Metal Fabrication Perth
Specialists in: Metal Fabrication, WELDING & CNC PLASMA Cutting
Arktek industries are the Perth specialists in Fabrication, we offer a complete end to end Fabrication service in-house including, Welding, Bending, CNC Plasma Cutting, Folding, Guillotining, Rolling, Surface treatment & more.
From our extensive modern workshop conveniently located in Bassendean, we service a wide range of industries including, Mining, Agricultural, Civil, Commercial, Industrial, Manufacturing, Landscape Construction & Residential.
At Arktek Industries we aim to provide innovative fabrication, along with design and manufacturing services that meet our client’s exact specifications.
● Mining & Civil Fabrication
● Architectural Fabrication
● General industrial fabrication
● Component manufacturing
● New development infrastructure
● Shade structures
● Marine Fabrication
● Custom-built playground equipment
Arktek Industries completes the metal fabrication process using multiple surface treatments if required, including Galvanizing, Powder Coating & Painting.
Industry leaders in all forms of Fabrication you can rest assured knowing you are working with highly experienced professionals capable of fabricating to specific guidelines & specifications or designing unique projects alongside our clients.
Our commitment to our customers ensures every experience is professional
and the result is of the highest engineering standard.
Contact us today to commence work on your next metal fabrication project.
Steel is one of the most commonly used materials throughout our lives. It can be found in almost everything and we interact with it daily without even realising it. There is a multitude of practical uses for steel and while we may notice it, we often don’t understand just how versatile it is. From giant landmarks in the world to the tiniest components, steel is everywhere. But, in order to use steel in all these different ways, it needs to be fabricated.
Steel fabrication has been around for centuries and is one of the oldest forms of metalwork. It has truly stood the test of time.
What Is Steel Fabrication?
Steel fabrication is the process of creating various steel structures. These can be predefined generic frameworks or custom designs unique to the specific task. Steel fabrication involves turning individual pieces of Steel into fabricated parts.
This is a precise form of metalwork prefabricated parts must be made to exact specifications. If the fabrication process is not accurate, parts may not fit together or be able to perform their desired function.
What Is It Used For?
Transport is a crucial part of the day to day life and steel can be found in almost every form of transport available to us. Steel parts are fabricated for the building of vehicles, ships, aeroplanes and trains. Not to mention that steel parts are also fabricated for bicycles as well as other transport methods.
The use of steel in transport is not limited to vehicles (cars, trains etc.) it’s also used to create walkways, bridges and even train tracks. The practical use of steel in the transport industry is limitless.
Construction is arguably the biggest sector to use steel fabrication. This sector has many different uses for steel. Contractors can use fabricated parts for anything from basic trusses to more complex components for unique projects. Steel fabrication used in construction dramatically increases the speed at which construction projects take place. Fabricated steel frameworks provide strong structural bases for any construction project, but this is not the only use. Fabricated steel beams can also be rather striking. So, some contractors leave them exposed in more modern construction projects. This creates a unique visual experience where the spine of a building features as a centrepiece.
Besides being one of the most reliable resources, steel is also more affordable than most and can vastly reduce construction costs. Affordable and practical construction makes for efficient and reliable building.
Manufacturers of electronics can also use fabricated steel parts to house electronic devices or components. Fabricated steel parts create a sturdy casing for the more fragile parts of electronic devices, protecting them from the elements.
Steel fabrication is not limited to just housing electronic components. You can also use it as part of the electronic components. This can be within the circuitry or the physical parts controlled by the electronics.
There are many different ways to fabricate steel into the desired shape or form. You can cut, fold, weld, Bend, Plasma Cut, Guillotine, Roll, & more.
Steel Fabrication Processes:
- Cutting is the process that turns a large piece of steel into the desired length or base shape for any fabrication.
- Folding is the process of manipulating the steel in order to fit a specific shape.
- Welding combines multiple pieces of worked steel in order to create a fabrication.
- Bending puts pressure on the metal in a specific location then using precise force bends the metal to specified angles
- Plasma cutting is the process of cutting all types of metal using a plasma touch
- Guillotining is the process of shearing metal down to size, this can be done using both manual guillotine or an automated guillotine.
Metal fabrication professionals can use any of these processes to create products to suit your needs and specifications.
Without steel fabrication, we would be unable to implement many modern solutions to daily living. As you can see, steel fabrication forms a vital role in our lives, be it from the structures in our daily lives or the many ways we travel. Steel is all around us and steel fabrication lets us get the most out of it.
It’s an age-old process and the advancements in techniques are just making it more and more fundamental to many industries. The practical implications of steel fabrication are already incredible and this will just become more prevalent as time moves forward.
For your next steel project, don’t hesitate to contact us at Arktek Industries.
Steel Fabrication FAQ
Sheet metal is not a type of metal but rather a term for metals that have been manipulated into a specific shape. The shape of sheet metal is generally a rectangle and various metals can be used to create sheet metal. Another defining characteristic of this metal is its thickness. Sheet metal is relatively thin and lightweight.
Common metals used for sheet metal include brass, copper, aluminium, steel, titanium, and nickel. These metals are rigid, tough, and able to withstand intense manipulation. Sheet metal is an unfinished product that you can use for cladding and covering. Alternatively, you can manipulate it into a variety of new products and shapes through welding, bending, CNC plasma cutting, Guillotine, or other fabrication techniques.
Sheet metal generally ranges between 0.20 mm to 6 mm in thickness. Metals thinner than 0.20 mm are classified as foil or leaf metals, while plate metals are the thickest at 6 mm and above. When looking at sheet metal, it is important to consider the thickness. This will affect the cost of the material as well as the amount of work it will take to cut or manipulate the metal. It is also important to check the thickness against the type of manipulation you want to carry out. Thinner sheets may be easier to cut, but bending requires a certain thickness to prevent warping or cracking in the metal.
Metal fabrication encompasses a variety of processes with the most common being folding, cutting, and welding. Each of these processes offers a unique outcome and end product.
Cutting splits sheet metal into smaller pieces using laser cutting, CNC plasma cutting, die-cutting or CNC cutters. During CNC cutting, you input the desired shape into a computer program. Then the plasma cutter follows the specified path to cut the metal into the desired shape with precision and accuracy.
Folding or forming involves using machines to apply a large amount of pressure on the metal sheets to bend the metal to the desired angle.
Welding is another common practice in metal fabrication and creates an end product with processed pieces of metal. There are various techniques used to weld metal. For example, at Arktek we use Arc Electrode Welding, Pulse MIG/Pulse TIG, and AC/DC TIG.
Metal fabrication requires specialised machinery to carry out the task of manipulating the sheet metal to reach the desired end product. Often, metal fabricators will conduct sheet metal fabrication in large volumes of repeated processes.
While fabrication techniques once required a person physically hammering away at the metal, the technology is increasingly becoming automated.
Fabrication machines need to be highly accurate & efficient to complete the tasks efficiently. The machines include press brakes, water jets, plasma and laser systems, shears, plate rolls and welding machinery amongst others.
Metal fabrication creates several products from sheet metal. You most probably use some of these products every day without realising it. Metal fabrication can create metal parts for everyday items including your cutlery, computer, toaster, fridge, and microwave.
Metal fabrication is also used on a large scale for parts in various industries. These include Mining, Agricultural, Civil, Commercial, Industrial, Manufacturing, Landscape Construction, Residential, Automotive, Electrical, Aviation, Rail, Retail, Aerospace and many more.
You can process various metals depending on the durable and flexible qualities of the materials. The most commonly processed metals include steel, aluminium, and copper.
Other metals that are often processed in metal fabrication are brass, tin, titanium, nickel, carbon steel, Stainless Steel and sometimes tungsten.