A Look At Custom Steel — Who Needs It, Different Types and How Fabricators Are Involved

Steel is renowned for its versatility. The interaction between steel’s constituents (such allotropes with alloying elements like carbon) give the metal a unique range of properties that make it prime for use in many industries, from building and infrastructure, to shipping, auto manufacture and appliances. Steel is customisable, and a fabricator’s job is to transform basic sections of steel into different shapes, taking advantage of its malleability and ductility.

What Do Steel Fabricators Do?

Steel fabricators use a number of techniques to transform basic steel sections into both predefined and custom shapes, ready for use in building and the manufacture of products. Fabricators work closely with architects, steel drafters and detailers, consumers and manufacturers to bring plans on a piece of paper to life.

Modern steel fabrication utilises high-tech computer software such Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems that monitor and control the movement of machines such as routers, welders and laser cutters, while 3D modelling has made it easy to visualise even the most complex components. This means that fabricators can manufacture very high quality custom steel products with absolute precision. It also means that steel products arrive in order and ready to install.

Who Needs Custom Steel?

Custom steel fabrication is required by any industry that requires specialised metal products. Apart from playing a vital role in both the residential and commercial construction industries, fabricators also work closely with shipbuilding, mining and auto manufacturing industries, as well as product manufacturers. Fabricators also work directly with consumers for more specialised private projects.

Types of Custom Steel

Steel fabricators manufacture an array of custom steel products for a huge range of industry needs. Some common types of custom steel include:

  • Universal beams
  • Universal columns
  • Bar joists
  • Platforms
  • Ladders
  • Pipe racks
  • Frames
  • Trusses
  • Grating
  • Skids
  • Steel stairs
  • Stair balustrades
  • Brackets
  • Steel enclosures
  • Steel cabinets
  • Stringers
  • Other custom designs


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