3 Factors to Consider for Metal Fabrication Projects

Metal Fabrication | October 28, 2022

Metal fabrication projects can be extremely time-consuming and complex. To ensure the best possible results for your project, there are many factors that must be considered and finalized before any welding or other work is performed. As a leading provider of comprehensive fabrication and welding services, the team at LWS Manufacturing & Welding knows how important proper planning is for every project. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 factors to consider for metal fabrication projects to ensure that your project is completed properly.

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Key Considerations for Metal Fabrication Projects

Before your metal fabrication project can begin, you will need to consider the following elements:

1. The Design

Every metal fabrication project starts with the design stage. Your project design should be easily readable and include as much detail as possible. This will help fabrication shops provide the most accurate estimate for time, scope, and total costs. While shop-ready drawings or engineering drawings are preferred by most shops, some providers can work with you to complete a detailed design if you do not have one. In some ways, it is better to work with a fabrication shop that can provide design solutions, as they can work with you from start to finish for your project and save you the hassle of dealing with multiple companies.

2. Shop Capabilities

Once you have a complete design or have chosen a designer, you will need to choose a fabrication shop that can handle your project. If your fabrication shop produced your design, they will likely be able to handle every element of your project, but it is worth confirming this with them. To choose the right fabrication shop, you will need to consider the size of their facility, their production capabilities, equipment, and experience with similar projects. It is also worth comparing multiple quotes for your project to see which option is the best balance of cost-effectiveness and quality.

3. Materials

Many different materials can be used in metal fabrication, each with their own unique qualities. While it is important to choose a material that suits your design considerations, every material will also need to hold the necessary mechanical properties to ensure that the finished product functions as planned. To choose the right material(s), you will need to consider corrosion resistance, thermal conductivity, impact resistance, and cost among other elements. In most situations, an experienced metal fabrication shop should be able to determine the best materials by working with you to understand your needs and provide a solution that balances quality with affordability.

To learn more about our welding and metal fabrication services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at LWS Manufacturing & Welding. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services.