The Structural Steel Fabrication Process

Structural Steel Fabrication Process Structural steel and plate are used in the construction of many different structures, from stadiums and skyscrapers to bridges and ships. Professionals who specialize in structural steel and plate fabrication follow a detailed process to ensure the parts they make are precise and able to be used in the construction project. Here are the general steps of the structural steel fabrication process:

Step 1: Ideation

Also known as the creative stage of the project, ideation is when the architect’s vision is detailed in blueprints. In the digital age, blueprint drawings are typically created using software that incorporates code requirements. The blueprints are converted into shop drawings once they are received by the structural steel and plate fabrication shop so that the parts can be made with precision and on schedule. Oftentimes, this conversion is handled within a computer-numerical control (CNC) environment on a robotic plasma cutter so that the fabrication process can be optimized.

Step 2: Cutting

There are various tools that a structural steel fabricator can use to cut steel. One of the most popular, due to its cut quality and speed, is a CNC plasma cutter. This technology electrifies gas and forces it through a miniscule opening to create a flame that slices through the raw material. The torch follows the outline in the CNC software, removing human error from the cutting process. And because the cutting process is automated, it can be performed much more quickly than with a handheld torch.

Step 3: Engraving & Inspection

After the structural steel components required by the blueprints are processed by a beam or coping machine, a part number and plate location will be etched onto them. This is an integral step as it makes final assembly easier at the construction site. Before the parts are shipped, they are closely inspected to confirm they meet the exact specifications of the blueprints.

Step 4: Delivery & Assembly

Sometimes, before structural steel beams and plates are shipped to the jobsite, they are coated with a protective material to prevent damage from corrosion. The final components are then packed and shipped to the construction site to be assembled.

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