Steel fabrication is a process most people probably never think of. Anyone who uses computers, electronic components, electrical boxes, appliances, or rides in a vehicle is taking advantage of at least one of many benefits offered by steel fabrication. Steel is one of the most commonly used materials in sheet metal fabrication. It is extremely strong and versatile when it comes to practical applications. Steel is relatively inexpensive compared to other sheet metals as well, such as titanium. It is a ferrous type of metal, meaning that it can be magnetized.
Steel is created when iron is combined with carbon, changing the molecular structure to something that is incredibly strong, resists oxidation, and has a higher tensile strength than its original metal. Combined with other elements such as vanadium or chromium, the strength and hardness levels are altered further, allowing steel to reach levels of high corrosion resistance as well as incredible properties of flexibility, malleability, and toughness.
Steel has a vast array of applications due to the variability of its structural properties. It is lightweight in comparison to other metals, very strong, and especially forgiving when it comes to the fabrication process where it’s molded into the shape it needs to take.
The Steel Fabrication Process
Steel can be fabricated in many ways. Taking advantage of its flexibility, strength, weight, and ability to be incorporated into a variety of designs, when it comes to the fabrication process the application of steel is nearly limitless. Steel can be taken from its raw stock form, depending on the type and grade, or it can be hot or cold rolled into sheets, which in turn are used in sheet metal fabrication. Steel is also tempered in different ways to improve its qualities as needed, with hardness and flexibility being the most affected.
The fabrication process APSM Systems can be tailored to create a completely custom steel sheet metal product, but below are some of the most commonly used methods of turning your design into a prototype or mid to high-volume producedfinished product.
Custom Steel Product Design and Fabrication Methods
Cutting/burning: From lasers to plasma cutting torches, heat can cut, warp, shape, and further temper steel.
Forming: Through intense pressure, steel can be rolled into just about any desired shape without compromising its structural integrity.
Machining: Steel can be machined with dies, lathes, presses, drills, acid etching, grinding, or other methods.
Welding: Fusing steel to steel or other metals is an ancient invention, taking two pieces of metal and fusing them together with intense heat, bonding them at the molecular level permanently. Today, it can be done with such precision, from arc welding to plasma welding, that it has become crucial to fabrication.
Final assembly: Once your component is built, it will be tested for strength, functionality, and precision by our highly trained and dedicated staff.
Custom Steel Fabrication Services with APSM Systems
APSM Systems is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company—holding the most up-to-date certification currently available in the industry. We have provide products and services to a multitude of clients nationwide from our facility in Phoenix, AZ. APSM Systems offers both, design and steel fabrication services. For years, we have provided our customers with high-quality custom steel products through high precision and accuracy. APSM Systems produces mid to high-production steel products and prototypes with quick turnaround times while meeting international standards of customer service and workmanship. Our team is composed of experts who provide a comprehensive offering of competencies, and handle a wide range of services related to metal and electronic manufacturing.
Contact APSM Systems today to learn more about our custom steel fabrication services.