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Structural Fabrication: Understanding the Process & Importance

Fabrication is an important process for manufacturing. It is used for manufacturing a variety of products from clips to airplane parts. Fabrication can be of following three types:

  • Commercial
  • Structural
  • Industrial

Structural Fabrication refers to the metal works carried out during the building process. It accounts for creating components used by manufacturers, shops, buildings, and skyscrapers. This Structural Fabrication process requires a number of steps and a number of techniques to get completed.

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Steel Building

Structural Fabrication Process:

Even though most of the structural fabrication processes focus on metal shaping and cutting, it goes beyond this for a successful fabricated product. The process involves design, rendering and finally a finished product.

  1. Design:

The design is the first and foremost stage of a Structural Project. It is also a critical one. Designing involves the creation of prototypes and models using standard technology like CAD (computer-aided design). This allows for creating 3D models even before the actual fabrication begins.

Design involves multiple specifications to be considered for a proper functioning of the products. These specifications like size and shape must be accurately noted by the structural designers. They create drawings in which everything is noted on point. In the case of commercial projects, the Commercial Structural Fabrication Drawings are much more complex and demands a high level of accuracy from designers.

  1. Fabrication:

The actual fabrication begins after design phase. In this phase, the component is manufactured using techniques like cutting, shaping, welding and alike process. It requires tools such as shears, mills, nibblers, and lathes.

  1. Finishing or Assembling:

The last step of structural fabrication is finishing/assembling. It ensures the strength of the product and makes it ready to use. Finishing is done with techniques like grinding and debarring.

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Commercial Building Steel Fabrication Drawings

Finishing also involves printing and marking specifications like company logo, measurements of product and other information.

Structural Drawings for Fabrication Process:

These are the drawings that play an important role in structural fabrication. All the detailed drawings and plans developed by the engineers, detailers, and drafters for effective development of structure fall into this category.

Among these, Commercial Building Steel Fabrication Drawings, Commercial Structural Fabrication Drawings and Steel Detailing play an important role in commercial construction. These drawings also require instructions, plans, sketches, and specifications which are supplied by the architects, and structural engineers. Also, steel detailing is a special concern and it accounts for the execution of steel detailing services.

Role of 3D models in structural drawings:

  • 3D models show in-depth information such as spacing between the elements, size, and shape, quality of bolts and welds, etc.
  • It also allows putting constraints on the design to reduce the construction risks.
  • It aids in better project design bid.
  • It safeguards the integrity by considering minutest requirements for elements like grids and beams.
  • It also allows for easy modification of the designs if required.
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Commercial Building

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