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Design Optimization For Metal Fabrication

January 12, 2022
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When it comes to metal fabrication, design optimization is paramount. It plays a huge part in how easy it will be for the fabricator to translate the design into a product. Not only that, but it’ll also help the fabricator understand the full capacity of what your project requires. Design optimization will help you meet your metal fabrication expectations while considering other factors that influence the quality, cost, and time during production. In this post, you will learn various ways of optimizing your design for metal fabrication along with the importance of optimizing your designs. 

The Importance of Design Optimization

In metal fabrication, design optimization helps with:

  • Streamlining production
  • Maximizing process efficiency
  • Decreasing waste during production
  • Guaranteeing product quality
  • Reducing the time and cost associated with product assembly

Ways to Optimize Your Design

  1. Involve The Fabricator Early 

By involving the fabricator early in the design process, you will take a lot of load off of your shoulders. The fabricator will let you know if the design is practical, recommend the appropriate materials, and even the best way of producing your product. It’ll also give them a chance to inform you of what can be done and what can’t. Your fabricator is the expert, so you should listen to them for design optimization. 

  1. Avoid Unnecessary Information 

As you create your design, avoid unnecessary details that could potentially cloud the design. If deciphering your fabrication design has become somewhat of a puzzle for your fabricator, it may delay and even increase the cost of production. More mistakes could be made because of unwanted details. So, consult with your fabricator to distinguish between the important and unnecessary details. 

  1. Wisely Consider The Metal Options

When designing a product, you have many metal alloys to choose from. Choosing the right metal in metal fabrication contributes to design optimization. Different alloys meet different needs and can withstand different types of force, heat, or corrosion. By selecting the right metal, you will help drastically decrease costs and make the fabrication process simpler.

In some applications, you may require resilient metals capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, corrosive substances, or force. However, such metals are expensive and difficult to use. In the case that the product is not meant to be exposed to extreme conditions, you can rely on common metal alloys. Besides, to choose the right metal, you need to understand the function of the product and the forces it will need to withstand. 

  1. Choose the right company 

Finding the right fabricator for your project is invaluable. You should go for a company that can deliver quality machined parts on time. Also, consider other qualities such as the scale and type of fabrication the company offers. This will tell you how suitable the company is for your project. In some cases, a company may not offer some services because they lack the machinery or the necessary experience. Simply speaking, do research on the metal fabrication company before you consult with them on future projects.

Conclusion – Design Optimization With VeriForm

Design optimization is an intricate process in metal fabrication. So, the best way you can optimize your metal fabrication design is by working with a team of experts. At VeriForm, you will get over two decades of experience and skills fabricating parts in stainless steel, aluminum, carbon steel and more. They also have in-house engineers that can cooperate with you to create the desired designs without having you optimize them yourselves. So, if you need help optimizing your design for a metal fabrication project, contact VeriForm today for more information.

Manufacturing and Fabrication – What’s The Difference?

December 27, 2021
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Within the metal fabrication industry, the terms manufacturing and fabrication are used interchangeably. Although they are synonyms of each other, these two terms actually mean different things. Fabrication entails creating specialized parts from raw materials.

Manufacturing, on the other hand, means repeatedly creating the same parts and assembling those parts. Oftentimes, these two processes work hand in hand to create the final production. Let’s learn more about the differences between manufacturing and fabrication.

The Difference Between Manufacturing and Fabrication

Manufacturing

As we’ve discussed, manufacturing is all about creating the end product for sale. Usually, it requires prefabricated parts or components of raw material. It’s a large-scale process that results in a more efficient and effective way to produce a completed product for the consumers.

Simply speaking, the manufactured product is completed through conventional manufacturing processes. It ties hand in hand with demand and supply or ultimately, the supply chain. The higher the demand, the more products a business will need to manufacture. 

Fabrication

On the contrary, fabrication involves forming structures or parts through different methods and capabilities including but not limited to:

  • Punching
  • Welding
  • Machining
  • Cutting

The tools and machines used vary from manufacturing. They have more capabilities and are more advanced for delicate operations. The fabrication process starts off with selectively removing, adding or warping sheets of metal into their desired shape and form. Once that step has been completed, it’s ready to be processed and assembled either by a manufacturer or the fabrication company depending on the product.

Manufacturing and Fabrication – Which To Choose?

Now that we’ve established the difference between manufacturing and fabrication, how do you choose which kind of service you’ll require? To start, determine what kind of products you want to create. If you want to create a specialized or unique product that requires more details, fabrication will do a better job. However, if you’re looking to create products with generic parts and assembly, manufacturing is the best choice. It’s quick and efficient for mass production.

The cost and your budget are other aspects to consider. Most businesses looking to manufacture products, usually opt for a contract manufacturing scenario because hiring a manufacturing company or a fabrication company is extremely expensive. Keep in mind, contract manufacturers can be both fabricators and manufacturers despite the name. Even though contract manufacturers can fabricate your products, there are limitations.

Fulfill Your Metal Fabrication Needs With VeriForm

Regardless, the choice between manufacturing and fabricating isn’t just about your product or price. It’s about understanding the differences and the application of production processes. Having the company meet your requirements to the fullest extent instead of wasting time on mundane tasks such as sourcing the right material and so forth.

Now that you have a better understanding of both, you won’t have to worry about finding a subpar solution that doesn’t meet your needs. From the designing stage to the end product — everything should be taken care of with the right company. A company such as VeriForm.

The team at VeriForm has had at least 20 years of experience when it comes to metal fabrication. With state of the art technology and equipment, the job get’s done right the first time. When you work with VeriForm, expect nothing but the best. Contact VeriForm today for more information.

Supporting The Rotary Club of Hamilton & Giving Back To The Community

December 2, 2021

VeriForm has always been committed to three core values: the community, sustainability, and education. This year, VeriForm has decided to give back to the community. We’re excited to announce that during this holiday season, VeriForm has now become one of the sponsors for the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Every year, the Rotary Club of Hamilton hosts a Children’s Christmas lunch. This lunch will feed and put smiles on the faces of over 500 children!

On December 16, 2021, the Rotary Club of Hamilton will be hosting its signature event at the Cathy Wever Elementary School. This event is to promote engagement within its community. The Cathy Wever School has focused on the education of many inner-city kids of Hamilton including refugee children that comes to the city.

This festive day will provide plenty of exciting entertainment, fun and a good old fashion turkey dinner for the children. There will be a warm meal and gifts along with a book for every child. All thanks to the generous sponsors and volunteers who have dedicated their time and efforts to this cause. However, this event wouldn’t be possible without the help of the community.

How Can You Help?

The holidays are all about sharing love and giving back. If you’re also interested in this cause, there are plenty of ways you can help. The Rotary Club of Hamilton is currently accepting donations and every little bit counts!

Did you know that $20 could allow you to reach the Virtual Stockings level? A virtual stocking will help feed 3 children and provide them with a Christmas goodie bag to take home. There are various levels you can reach depending on the amount you wish to donate such as:

  • Elf Sponsorship Level – $250
  • Snowman Sponsorship Level – $500
  • Reindeer Sponsorship Level – $1000
  • Santa Sponsorship Level – $2500

Each level will provide even more wonderful surprises for the children along with the equipment and PPE to make this event successful. If you’re looking for more information or if you’d wish to provide some support by donating please visit this link: https://rotaryclubhamilton.ca/donations/the-rotary-childrens-christmas-lunch/ 

Strengthen Your Community with VeriForm

Ultimately, children are our future. There’s no better way to give back to the community than by investing in our future and the Children’s Christmas Lunch is a great place to start. VeriForm is always happy to support local causes and has contributed in the past. To read more about what we have done for our community click here.

As always, VeriForm is one of the leading metal fabrication companies in North America. When it comes to metal fabrication, you’ll always want to support a business that not only delivers quality results but also a business that strengthens the community. With their state-of-the-art technology and a capable team of experts, getting the job done right the first time will never be an issue. For all your metal fabrication needs, contact VeriForm today.

Sheet Metal – The Basic Guide

November 26, 2021

Sheet metal is essentially any type of metal that’s been forged into flat pieces of various thicknesses. It can be cut into different sizes and shapes and is used to create and complete a variety of metal fabrication projects. Today, it is among the most adaptable building materials. It is used everywhere from machinery and vehicles to house furniture and facades. Read on to learn more about the different types of sheet metal and how you can choose the most suitable option for your next project.

The Importance of Sheet Metal & The Different Uses

Sheet metal provides you with many advantages compared to other fabrication materials. Besides its use in construction, you can use it for DIY or home improvement projects as well. However, different metals have different properties and characteristics along with different melting points. So, selecting the right material is important to ensure your project succeeds.

People use sheet metal because of its remarkable characteristics. For instance, it is very affordable and easy to use. Also, it is flexible which gives you more options when it comes to certain processes like bending. The options surface when creating complex and simple designs. 

You can purchase specific sizes and shapes which does result in relatively low waste. In addition, the technological advances in modern fabrication make the designing process much easier than it used to be. A good example is the use of computer-aided design (CAD) programs which allows you to create the design on the same material you wish to fabricate. 

Different Types of Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is made from different types of metals for different applications. As it was mentioned before, different metals have different properties which could drastically affect your needs. If you choose a metal with a high melting point like copper, you know you won’t have to worry about it melting when there’s heat involved during processes like welding. The same can’t be said for metals with low melting points.

Will your metal structure be subjected to external environmental factors? Will it rust or corrode over time? Consider these factors when you’re choosing the type of sheet metal you’ll need. Here is a look at the three common types. 

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a popular metal to use because of its anti-corrosive properties. It contains at least 10.5% chromium which makes it resist corrosion. Besides, stainless steel is durable, easy to fabricate, and delivers a sleek appearance. 

Among the various stainless steel grades, 304 is most often used for homes. Grade 316 is used in marine applications and is obviously more expensive than grade 304. The most common uses for stainless steel are during construction, transportation and foodservice applications.

Aluminum

Aluminum can also resist corrosion when it interacts with various non-acidic liquids. Also, it is a very light metal; making it the preferred choice for making cans, aluminum foil, window frames, kitchen utensils, and beer kegs. What’s more, aluminum is easy to recycle. 

Grade 5052 is one of the stronger aluminum alloys that are corrosion-resistant, weldable, and formable. Another aluminum grade is grade 6061, a solid structural alloy often used in high-strength parts such as marine and truck frames or extrusions. 

Carbon Steel

Often known as industrial steel, this steel alloy combines iron and carbon. The commonly used form of carbon steel is low-carbon steel. It contains less than 0.25wt% of carbon content. Compared to high-carbon steel and medium-carbon steel, low-carbon steel is relatively soft. Which means it’s easily malleable. However, it is more ductile which makes it perfect for low-cost welding and machining. 

Although these three tend to be the most common types of metal, there are other types as well depending on the application. Other types of metal include:

  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Nickle
  • Titanium

Metal Fabrication Services That Requires Sheet Metal

Practically all metal fabrication processes require the use of sheet metal. However, certain services seem to use it more than other processes. Here are metal fabrication services that require the use of sheet metal the most.

  • Welding 
  • Bending
  • Spinning
  • Shearing
  • Stretching 
  • Flanging 
  • Punching 

Metal Fabrication Services — VeriForm

If you need professional help fabricating metal parts, then check out VeriForm today. VeriForm is a Net-Zero North American metal fabrication company that offers many services. Their team of experts and engineers has been completing metal fabrications for over the past two decades. They have state-of-the-art tools and equipment that allow them to professionally perform many capabilities on a variety of materials. Their highly-skilled fabrication team makes sure your parts are done right the first time. Regardless of how complex your parts are, the high-precision equipment ensures your parts are flawless. Do not hesitate to contact VeriForm for aluminum fabrication, carbon steel fabrication, stainless steel fabrication needs and more.

The Benefits Of Laser Cutting

November 4, 2021

Laser cutting is essentially a fabrication process that requires a focused and narrow laser beam to create specific cuts and etches of custom designs, and patterns. The laser includes a very high-intensity light, of a certain wavelength or colour. The high-power laser is then directed through optics such as a specialized lens or a curved mirror and computer numerical control to navigate the beam or material.  This thermal-based fabrication process is the most optimal for materials such as wood, metal, glass, and more. As we continue this discussion, we will be guiding you through the benefits of laser cutting and how this process impacts the metal fabrication industry.

Laser Cutting Versus Traditional Cutting

When it comes to laser cutting, there are always misconceptions about the process being too dangerous. However, we will elaborate more on this misconception as we continue to discuss the benefits of laser cutting. For that particular reason, machine operators have opted for other methods of cutting. Besides laser cutting, there are other traditional cutting methods such as:

Keep In Mind…

Depending on the laser cutter, you’ll want to be cautious when it comes to the materials used for your client’s project. Certain laser cutters reach higher temperatures which indefinitely means that they can burn or melt your material. High-temperature lasers should not be used on wood, plastic or metals with a low melting point like brass, aluminum or copper. With that being said, a different method of cutting is called for. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for great versatility, precision, and quality – laser cutting is what you’re looking for.  

Benefits of Laser Cutting

First, we’ll discuss the prior misconception of laser cutting being too dangerous. It’s considered too dangerous because of the powerful beam that could potentially create a fire or cause injuries. Despite the high-temperature laser, laser cutting is one of the safer cutting methods due to numerous reasons.

  1. Less residual fumes are released because they’re enclosed in a chamber, therefore being less detrimental to your health.
  2. The operators aren’t handling any cutting blades making laser cutting much safer than mechanical cutting.
  3. Automation – Laser cutting does not require human intervention due to programming, so the chance of getting injured is obsolete.

Now that we’ve discussed the safety aspect, we’ll continue with other benefits of laser cutting. Laser cutting is one of the most efficient processes. Compared to manual or mechanical methods, laser cutting doesn’t require re-tooling or halting operations to make adjustments – unless there’s something wrong. Once an adequate design is in place, it simply needs to be programmed into computer software and the machine will do the rest. Oftentimes, laser cutters only leave a minimal burr. Depending on the material, it may not even need to be removed hence, greater efficiency. Laser cutters are also known to be precise, versatile, and flexible, creating high-quality pieces in a short amount of time.  

Laser Cutting Services at VeriForm

If you’re looking for premium laser cutting services, then VeriForm is your best bet. At VeriForm, experts have been using CNC laser cutting machinery for at least 20 years. They’ve been providing high accuracy cuts on some of the largest pieces of metal in North America. Their laser cutting offers up to 3/4 inches x 80 inches x 160 inches with an accuracy of +/- 0.005 inches. Even if you don’t have the plans, measurements, specifications or prototypes you need, they have a team of experienced engineers that can assist you in creating the necessary blueprints to complete the task. Besides laser cutting, VeriForm also offers numerous metal fabrication services and capabilities including, bending, rolling, welding and more. Contact VeriForm to get an estimate for your cut today!

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