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Steel Fabrication is the process of building steel structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes. It involves the construction of structures from various raw materials. A fab shop will bid on a job, usually based on the engineering drawings, and if awarded the contract will build the product. Large fab shops will employ a multitude of value added processes in one plant or facility including welding, cutting, forming and machining. These large fab shops offer additional value to their customers by limiting the need for purchasing personnel to locate multiple vendors for different services. Steel fabrication jobs usually start with shop drawings including precise measurements then move to the fabrication stage and finally to the installation of the final project. Steel fabrication machinery are employed by contractors, OEMs and VARs. Typical projects include loose parts, structural frames for buildings and heavy equipment, and stairs and hand railings for buildings.
Though the steel fabrication process is basically the same, there is not just one type of steel. There are over 3,000 types, in fact. Each has properties, such as physical, chemical, and environmental. Engineers are continually developing new types of steel even now to fit various needs in our modern world.