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iSeekplant has a nationwide network of metal fabrication companies listed on our platform that are ready to assist you with your next project. These are general metal fabricators that you can hire for any of your commercial or residential projects. Get metal fabrication, steel fabrication, boilermakers, mobile welders or aluminium fabrication today by searching for suppliers on iSeekplant.

Metal Fabrication FAQs

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1. What do metal fabricators do?

Metal fabricators are responsible for cutting, shaping, positioning and aligning different types of metal. The metals used for metal fabrication is generally used in building structures; therefore, metal fabricators are usually hired for projects put forth by construction and manufacturing companies.

Metal fabricators also work on cars, aircraft and even electronic devices. Metal fabricators must be knowledgeable in reading and interpreting blueprints, cutting, aligning and welding metal, and performing quality controls. Since there have also been many technological advancements in this industry, they need to learn how to operate the machines or equipment and be comfortable using them.

Some metal fabricators may include welders, blacksmiths, ironworkers, boilermakers and other professionals that work with metal engineering - converting raw metal materials into final products.

 

2. What is metal fabrication?

Metal fabrication is the process of cutting, burning, machining, welding, forming or assembling raw metal materials to build machines and structures. These raw materials include plate metal, castings, fitting, welding wires, and metals formed, expanded, section, or flat. Metal engineering projects vary from hand railings to heavy machinery or equipment. Here are a few examples: cutlery and hand tools, hardware manufacturing, architectural and structural metals, spring and wire manufacturing, forging, stamping, and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing.

 

3. Which metal is used for metal work?

Below is the list of materials that are readily available from various suppliers for metal works:

  • Castings
  • Formed and expanded metal
  • Fittings
  • Plate Metal
  • Hardware
  • Sectional metal
  • Welding wire

This next list is the raw materials used for the casting process (where liquid metal is forced into a mould and metal fabricators allow it to cool and harden to a specific form or shape):

  • Aluminium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Gold
  • Steel
  • Stainless steel
  • Silver
  • Magnesium

In metal fabrication, "hardware" is known as the standardised fittings or parts used to make the product stronger, more functional and easier to fabricate. Below are the basic hardware raw materials:

  • Corners
  • Chains
  • Handles
  • Locks
  • Keys
  • Latches
  • Wires

Metals commonly used in engineering and construction industries are usually sectional metal. These are raw materials made of steel and are also available in a range of standardised shapes.

  • I-beam: A long steel cross-section beam shaped like the letter "I."
  • Z-shape: Shaped like the letter "Z" with half a flange protruding in opposite directions.
  • Hollow structural section (HSS): Composed of hollow piping and which has shapes that can be angled, channelled, T-shaped or asymmetrical. These standard shapes can be either square, circular, rectangular, and elliptical.
  • Bar: A flat, long, piece of rectangular cross-sectioned metal.
  • Rod: A circular or square-shaped long piece of metal. Rebar, for example, is a type of rod sectional metal.

A metal that has been pressed or rolled into very thin, flat pieces is Flat Metal. Its thickness can vary from less than a millimetre to several centimetres. Usually, it is measured in gauges. Here are the three general categories of flat metal:

  • Foil or leaf metal: The thinnest type of flat metal.
  • Sheet metal: The most common type of flat metal, with a thickness of less than 6mm in size.
  • Plate metal: A type of flat metal that is thicker than 0.25 inches.
 

4. How to calculate the cost of metal fabrication?

There are four factors to consider when calculating the cost of metal manufacturing or fabrication. These are (1) materials, (2) labour, (3) services and (4) overhead. Materials are the raw materials such as sheet, bar and rod stocks. Labor has two categories to consider, direct and indirect labour. Direct labour is the labour cost is the labour efforts made in making the products while indirect labour is the cost related to running the business itself. Services are dependent on whether the fabrication company fabricates the metals themselves or chooses to outsource the job somewhere else. Finally, overhead costs are needed to run the business itself, including sales, general and administrative costs.

 

5. Where can I find a metal fabricator?

iSeekplant has a nationwide network of quality metal fabrication suppliers operating in all Australian capital cities from Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne to Darwin, Perth and Adelaide. We also offer metal fabrication in all major towns and cities from Cairns down to Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast, Geelong and Hobart.

 

6. How to use iSeekplant to find a metal fabricator near you?

Find metal fabricators on iSeekplant by doing a simple search on our website. You can also save time by using our Get a Quote tool, and we'll send your request to your nearest suppliers. Those metal fabrication companies will then contact you directly with their best rates. You can contact us directly by calling 1300 691 912 or emailing projects@iseekplant.com.au.

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