Steel fabrication is performed with the help of 3D modelling software.

When it comes to steel fabrication, the team at BridgeFab uses the latest technology to ensure accuracy and top-quality results. We offer several services on a range of projects — read on to find out what the steel fabrication process involves and how it has improved with the help of 3D modelling software…

What steel fabrication services are available?

Thanks to modern technology and equipment, absolute precision can now be guaranteed in the fabrication of steel. 3D scanning and drafting software is used to plan the project to ensure that the correct amount of steel is cut.

When it comes to steel fabrication, several services can be provided. These include cutting sheets of metal into smaller sections to suit a custom project; folding and manipulating metal into specific angles; bending steel with the use of rollers with a curvature, and welding steel to join separate parts along the joint of the metal edges. Holes can also be punched into pieces of metal, and portions of metal can be removed in a process known as machining.

Other steel fabrication services include shearing, in which long cuts are made in a piece of metal; stamping, in which certain portions of the metal are raised; and casting, which involves the pouring of molten metal into a cast to make specific shapes.

When is steel fabrication necessary?

Steel fabrication is a key component in a range of projects, including projects that require structural steel; boutique fabrication; and metalwork.

Structural steel refers to the heavy steel that is used as the load-bearing member of a structure. This type of steel is often used in the construction of transmission line towers, as well as sheds and other buildings. Structural steel provides a unique combination of strength and flexibility, which makes it a highly versatile material in a range of projects.

The steel fabrication process is also performed in smaller projects where boutique-style steelwork is required. In this type of project, a client’s sketch is transformed into a 3D model before the steelwork begins. This allows the client to visualise the results before their idea becomes a reality.

When it comes to metalwork, steel fabrication is performed to produce small steelwork items like handrails, park bench seats, metal grate and bag racks. This type of steelwork usually involves the use of several materials, including steel, stainless steel and aluminium.

How does 3D modelling help?

3D modelling software helps to make the steel fabrication process more efficient than ever. By creating a 3D model of a project, it is possible for project managers to visualise the steel structure for approval, and optimises the fabrication process thanks to the use of intelligent interfaces. By using 3D modelling software, it is also possible to plan very accurately which materials will be required for a project, and the material handling (such as welding, cutting and assembly) can all be improved quite considerably. In fact, during the steel fabrication process, the plans that are used are linked to the 3D model. This means that all cuts, bends and welds are supported by intelligent fabrication management software.

For all of these reasons, both costs and time are saved as many potential issues are avoided altogether.

How can we help?

At BridgeFab, we offer steel fabrication services, as well as a range of other services. These include 3D detailing; 3D scanning; steel processing; and testing and erection of steel. If you would like to find out more about what our team does, please have a look here.

As part of our process, we will arrange a preliminary meeting in which we will discuss your specific needs, budget and timeline. From there, we will guide you through each stage of your project, from drafting and 3D modelling to installation, sign-off and the final inspection. We also provide warranty manuals that guarantee workmanship for 12 months so you can rest assured that quality and safety are priorities for our team.

To arrange a consultation with us or to request a quote, please don’t hesitate to get in touch or give us a call on (07) 3373 8777. We look forward to assisting you with your next project!