Custom Metal Fabrication Tools - SolidWorks

Published Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Custom metal fabrication involves creating something out of particular metals with unique and specific requirements outlined by customers in various industries. Whether that’s cutting and bending metal to create certain shapes or welding and bending metal parts together. The vast array of custom metal fabrication tools facilitates the process of achieving accuracy in the design and dimension of various metals – such as carbon steel,  stainless steel, and aluminum to mention a few.

These tools used by fabricators to attain precision and meet desired requirements are used for:

  • Framing
  • Laser Cutting
  • Welding
  • Punching
  • Drilling & more

However, one size doesn’t fit all in the metal fabrication process and this is apparent in the variety of metal fabrication tools utilized to get neat cuts and precise dimensions. Some of the tools are; grinder, wire cutters, drill bits, and downdraft cutting tables to list a few. In custom metal fabrication, the era of 2D and 3D modelling through the SolidWorks platform has become a conventional technique commonly used by fabricators.

SolidWorks & Metal Fabrication Accuracy

Machinists and fabricators comprehend the importance of design and accuracy in custom metal fabrication and as such imbibe the use of SolidWorks from the mill to inspection and engraving stages. SolidWorks encompass a 2D model for cutting, milling, turning, inspection, and engraving. The 3D model allows for computerized machine fabrication with cloud-based integration. During the preparatory and development stage, SOLIDWORKS CAD and Finite Element Analysis are imperative to building and virtually testing processes.

SolidWorks Features

The diverse features of Solidworks, especially 2D and 3D modelling, provide ease in sheet metal fabrication and additionally bolsters productivity & profitability. Other SolidWorks features include:

  • Weldments
  • Conceptual Design
  • Large Assembly Design
  • Mold Design
  • Configurations

In the aspect of design, the accuracy of the tools reduces leftover scraps and ultimately improves the quality of the end product. However, in other situations, machine accuracy is easily achieved after digital adjustments are made. Top-notch surface finish and punching equipment used in fabrication achieve precise cuts and finishes.

With the virtual design, a fabricator can seamlessly communicate with clients to keep them involved every step of the way. It also allows for smooth and easy adjustment of design; to add new features or make corrections. All of these advantages are useable in the development of custom metal fabrication.

A Cut Above Commitment – VeriForm

VeriForm is an industry-leading fabricating company with in-depth experience in CWB welding, structural pipes, and rolling sheet metal. At VeriForm, we manufacture under the ISO quality system. VeriForm uses platforms and tools like SolidWorks to provide our valued customers with accurate and detailed engineering drawings to ensure we know exactly what you want to satisfy your needs. Contact VeriForm to learn more about our custom metal fabrication tools and processes. Learn more about our innovative fabrication equipment such as the Horizontal Pressbrake and a host of many other state-of-the-art fabrication tools for bending various metals.