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Which custom metal fabrication techniques boost overall value?


Which custom metal fabrication techniques boost overall value?

The main difference between standard and custom metal fabrication projects is value. Every custom metal fabrication process starts with assessing the best materials and methods for producing each product design at low cost. From concept to delivery, this process is intended to yield more durable, high-quality results that demonstrate long-term value, whether that's a small metal accessory or a large custom project.

In this blog, we give examples of custom fabrication techniques that produce high quality products with long-lasting value.

Developing product design

The design process of every metal fabrication project is crucial as it determines how much value is added to the finished product. It's important to modify and check the concept according to industry-specific standards or legislation, as well as select all necessary materials which will act as the building blocks for the finished product.

Using the latest CADCAM software, our skills and modern precision engineering design techniques, KMF is able to achieve design accuracy with every fabrication.

Cutting and forming

Before beginning the cutting process, the engineer will determine which technique is best suited to the form and thickness of each metal. For example, CNC punching and laser cutting processes play an important role in metal fabrication and are often the first process in the manufacturing journey.

CNC laser cutting is fantastic for brittle material fabrications or large sheet metals which require close attention, providing a precise, versatile and fast profiling solution in metal forming design. On the other hand, our CNC punch presses are programmed through CAD and RADAN software. Both ensure efficient cutting and formation of fabricated components.

Custom assembly and welding

Custom assembly and welding methods help to ensure each fabrication project meets industry requirements, which can be achieved through an expert sheet metal fabrication firm like KMF. We have the highest quality equipment and machinery, allowing us to ensure better value and quality parts with fast turnaround time!

For example, MIG and TIG are two types of robotic welding which use an electric arc to fuse metal components together. The main difference between the two is that MIG welding continuously fast feeds a spool of welding wire into the metal joint, while TIG welding uses large welding rods that are slowly fed into the weld.

Through autonomous intelligence, robotic welding increases efficiency and eases the assembly and welding process entirely.

Expert finishing adds more value

Finishing, which is ironically the final stage of the metal fabrication process, involves preparing metal products for future use. This process helps to build the metal's resistance to corrosion by adding an extra layer of durability and makes the surface look its best!

Here are some of the main types of metal finishing used at KMF:

  • Metal plating: engineers use machines to apply a thin layer of materials such as copper, nickel and aluminum to sheet metals. Metal plating increases corrosion resistance, surface friction and external appearance.
  • Brushed metal: when metal plating doesn't smooth out surface deflects, brushed metal can be a better choice. For this, an abrasive belt or wire brush creates a grain that hides surface imperfections.

-Powder coating: powder coating is a better and more durable solution to painting fabricated metal. This involves melting dry plastic powder and applying it to surfaces in a variety of colours and textures.

-Metal grinding: this process includes using grinding machines to wear away edges and smooth out surface blemishes.

KMF Group is the leading subcontract manufacturer of precision sheet metal components, enclosures, machined components and electro-mechanical assemblies. We deliver precision sheet metal fabrication, CNC machining and value-added services.

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