Custom architectural metal fabrication products give a space a unique look and may even add some extra functions depending on where they are used. For instance, you can have custom handrails made for your home's staircase, or custom window security grilles for added security. If you own a business, you could have a custom gate made with your business' emblems at the entrance to your offices, or have a large metal monogram installed in one of your front office walls, or outside the entrance to your office building.
Whatever your need, there are three main processes you will go to in getting these custom metal fabrication services, which are as follows:
The Design Process
Here, you will have a meeting with a building contractor and the metal fabricator design team. Apart from having your idea put down on paper, the contractor and design team will look into several design issues that may arise from that idea.
These include the dimensions of the space vis-à-vis the design and potential structural weaknesses in the design, which is determined using a computer-aided design program. For instance, they can determine if the kind of design you want for your staircase handrails can really fit the space in your home, and whether that design is suitable for its purpose.
Once these have been ironed out, you should get a concept of how the final product will look like, its features and the materials needed to make it. You will also get an idea of the cost of production at this point.
The design process is basically meant to test the feasibility of your idea and give you an idea of the final product. It is important to spend as much time as needed here so that you can get a final product that is both aesthetically appealing and structurally sound.
The Manufacturing Process
This is where the dream comes to life. There are various fabrication methods that can be used depending on the kind of materials being used, what the metal part will be used for and its shape. For instance, if you want your metal staircase handrails to have unique indentions, then your fabricator will use a process called punching, where turrets are made into the pattern you want and punched into the metal.
The Finishing and Assembly Process
Once the different parts have been made, they will go through a post-fabrication process involving activities such as riveting, screwing, and painting among others, depending on your needs. For instance, your metal parts may have raised edges from being cut during the manufacturing process. To get that final polished look, these edges will be removed through a process called deburring.