What does an assembly line make you think of? If you answered “sameness”, you wouldn't be alone. Repetition, huge orders, a factory producing one product.
Hey, there's nothing wrong with assembly lines. They're helpful and efficient. But the one thing they don't do is a custom job. When it comes to metal parts, custom is the way to go.
Not all parts will work for all jobs, and all metal parts can't be bought in a store. With custom metal fabrication both problems solve themselves.
On top of getting the ability to choose exactly what the part is going to look like and what it's going to be made out of, you're also given the opportunity to save time.
In deciding how you want a part, you're also making the decision how that part gets made.
Will it be a cut-and-roller job, or will it be a cast-and-form job? This factors into how quickly you'll get your part. For all you know they're out of your part at the store.
For all you know they're out of your part at the store, and by the time they're able to order a new one you could have had one that would haven't just been a better fit for your project, it would have quite literally been the perfect fit.
Though some companies have the ability to work with other metals like aluminium, cast iron, and manganese steel, plate or sheet metal is most commonly in custom metal fabrication. This durable metal means several convenient things.
Sheet metal is lightweight. That means the product you get fabricated will be light as well. That will cut weigh down on transportation costs.
Additionally, sheet metal doesn't wear down easily and will look the way you want it to, or act the way it needs for a good long while. This has both aesthetic and practical implications.
Though it's strong and light, perhaps the reason it gets used so often is its durability. It withstands heat and corrosion, meaning the thing that you built is built to last.
This is no ordinary job! Much the same way your set of skills has landed you where you are, it takes a group of highly-skilled labourers to pull off custom metal making, which means you'll work with the best.
It comes highly recommended that you find one company to work with for the majority of your transactions so that you can build up trust. The custom fabricated metal industry is a highly specialized industry.
This means, find someone you're ready to spend a career partnered with
Perhaps among the most important things to do is to find a company today that has the capabilities of taking on odd, often last-minute requests.
You'd be surprised (or maybe you already know…) just how often this kind of thing occurs.