The process of metal fabrication is something that is very important to Southeastern Engineering Sales as a company. SES produces top quality products at a competitive price that will be delivered on time. We take pride in serving all of our customers’ metal fabrication needs. The combination of our top of the line equipment and team of experts is what allows us to deliver a final product that is done correctly to very precise tolerances. Please take a look at the SES metal fabrication services page for more information on how we can serve your needs.

Let’s take a closer look at how metal fabrication has evolved and where it is headed in the future.

WHAT IS METAL FABRICATION?

Metal fabrication is the process of making metal structures by assembling, welding, bending, and cutting. Simply put, it is forming metal into different shapes and sizes to fit your application. There are many different techniques and types of machinery involved in this process, which have changed many times throughout history. In the past, humans used their hands to bend metal into the desired size and shape. Things have changed quite a bit since those times.

Fast forward to now, metal fabrication is growing more than ever and the technology is improving to be faster and more precise. In this article, we will take a look at all the stages of metal fabrication and talk about what it will look like in the future.

THE HISTORY OF METAL FABRICATION

If you truly think about it, metal has always been a substantial element in our lives. It has played an important role all throughout history. Going all the way back to ancient civilization with seven known metals. These metals included gold, silver, copper, iron, mercury, lead, and tin. In those days, these metals were sometimes used to represent the Sun, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, Mars, and Mercury.

Metal held a high status for the people in history through jewelry, decoration, protection, and shelter. It was also used to build weapons such as swords, arrow heads, spears, and shields for war. Bronze was the first hard metal that was used to make this armor. It would be melted in a furnace so it could be formed into the desired shape of the armor. As you can see, during this time the metal that they had access to was mainly used for survival purposes. Without the technology we have today, metal fabrication was done mostly by hand and with the use of simple tools.

Fast forward a bit, and metal would begin to play an even larger role in our everyday lives. It started to be used for building, electronics, industrial applications, transportation, and other house hold items. These functions of metal still hold true today.

The craft of working with metal became more and more important since it was being used to construct a wide range of items. Having the knowledge of working with metal and the techniques such as cutting and forming metal became a highly desired skill.

Our world wouldn’t be the same today if it weren’t for metal fabrication and how far it’s come over the years. This explains why it has always been in such high demand and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.

METAL FABRICATION TODAY

Many of the processes we just talked about are still in place today. Metal fabrication is used to make many of the tools and equipment we need to perform tasks in our everyday lives. It is used in the transportation industry that let’s you travel around the world. It is used to make many of the household items that you used everyday. Metal fabrication is also used to construct the building that you live and work in. Here is a short list of things that may not be possible without this industry.

  • Airplanes
  • Automobiles
  • Ships
  • Toys
  • Architecture
  • Military weapons
  • Jewelry
  • Electronics
  • Machinery

The list goes on and it continues to grow. However, the biggest thing that has changed for metal fabrications is the technology and techniques used during the process.

A few of the modern day techniques we use here at SES are tig welding, mig welding, punching and press brake forming, laser cutting, assembly, grinding, and machining and finishing.  The state of the art technology we use makes it easy for us to deliver high quality products right on time. The process has become easier and more precise because of these amazing advances in technology. Having access to these types of things allows us to make your big ideas come to life!

THE FUTURE OF METAL FABRICATION

As you can see, this is a very important industry in our world today and the future is looking bright for metal fabrication and for metal workers. The technology is improving every day, which allows the process to constantly become safer, easier, faster, and more precise. As demand continues to grow, something will be needed to improve efficiency and increase production volume. That’s where the future of technology comes into play.

3D printing has been on the rise for the past few years and looks like it has made its way to the metal fabricating industry. 3D printing is also known as additive manufacturing. The process creates 3D objects by building with many thin layers of a certain material. Using this process with metal means building many thin layers of metal to make an object come to life with a computer and 3D printing machine.

Just for example, NASA has been using 3D metal printing for some of their rocket ship parts.

The metal fabrication industry is only on the rise. This is because metal is used in so many different industries such as energy, construction, and military just to name a few. You won’t see metal fabrication going anywhere anytime soon!

From hand crafting metal in the old days to make weapons and armor to using state of the art machinery to build precision mechanical pieces, metal fabrication has come a long way. With the outstanding equipment and technology we have available today, SES can fabricate whatever you need. You can explore our website for more information and contact us today with any questions about your next metal fabrication project.