Aluminum and steel are pillars of the metal manufacturing industry. Both aluminum and steel are synthetic alloys; in other words, they don’t appear in nature and must be created using other basic elements. Aluminum must go through ha few phases before it appears like the shiny silver metal that you’re familiar with. The base ingredient of aluminum is a mineral called bauxite, which is mined primarily in tropical areas. The bauxite is ground into a thick paste called alumina, which is then smelted with molten cryolite and shocked with electricity. The ions separate, and the residual liquid cools and becomes aluminum.
Topics: Metal Fabrication, Custom Metal Fabrication, steel cutting
Each and every metal enclosure project is started with the seed of an idea to solve a particular problem. For example, consider this situation: you must help design a metal enclosure for an oddly sized and sensitive machine that must stay contained in a hazardous location, which will include moisture and exposure to high temperatures.
After dozens of metal enclosure projects, CAMM Metals has the experience necessary to develop uniquely efficient designs that meet a wide variety of distinct requirements. From the enclosure design and material selection to the chosen process and the quality of the equipment, every step is critical. So if you’re looking for an enclosure to protect your pristine electrical equipment, take a few moments to consider how your preferred company is manufacturing metal enclosures.
Regardless of situation, fabricating metal enclosures requires top-notch quality materials, state-of-the-art equipment and expert technicians. Continue reading this post, as we discuss several tips to help ensure your next metal enclosure fabrication project is a success.
Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, Metal Fabrication Projects, Metal Fabrication Process, Metal Enclosures
Regardless of the industry you’re in, accuracy matters— it’s critical to have dependable machines and parts that produce accurate, repeatable, and predictable results time and time again.
Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, Deburring
As a leading CT Metal Fabrication company, CAMM Metals is deeply interested in new developments across the metalworking industry. We’re always thrilled to see new machines appear, new tools and software releases, and new techniques and tips to help improve the different aspects of the fabrication process. As you can imagine, we’ve been pretty interested in the 3D printing trend that’s gripped the public’s attention in recent years, as well as how it relates to those of us in the metalworking industry.
We’re proud to announce that we’ve acquired “The Mark Two” 3D Printer. With that said, let’s examine how 3D printing works as well as how the 3D Printing boom benefits metal fabricators.
Topics: Custom Metal Fabrication, 3D Printing
At CAMM Metals, we're proud to have had the opportunity to manufacture 18 Fuel Pump Test Stands for an Automotive industry supplier. This project required us to use every skill, tool, and technique at our disposal. From the start, the project required 3D Engineering, Waterjet Cutting, Sawcutting, CNC Machining, Bending and Rolling, Welding and Weld Inspection, Finishing and Assembly. We like to showcase the production process because the success of any project ultimately depends on good planning, coupled with an understanding of all the techniques involved and an ability to perform all of the necessary work. Continue reading to learn about the processes involved in the custom manufacture of a fuel pump test stand and be sure to check our blog frequently for more project spotlights!
Topics: Metal Fabrication, Waterjet Cutting, Project Spotlight, Custom Metal Fabrication
Stainless steel and aluminum fabrication processes are put to use to produce parts and structures for a wide range of industries. Aluminum is often used in the marine equipment industry thanks to its light weight and resistance to corrosion.
While it’s technically not considered a non-ferrous metal, stainless steel is also valued due in part to its lack of magnetism and its versatile applications in the industrial environment. This post provides an overview of six factors to consider when you’re determining whether aluminum or stainless steel materials are best suited to your next project’s needs.
Topics: Metal Fabrication, Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication, Custom Metal Fabrication
Are you having a difficult time stretching the budget for your next metal fabrication project? We understand. Professional metal fabrication projects can be expensive, depending on the cost of tooling, labor and sheet metal. There is a lot of pressure to keep costs down to maximize your return on investment. Your choice of a metal fabrication partner could end up being the solution to minimizing your metal fabrication costs, while still receiving a high-quality product.
This blog post examines several ways your metal fabricator can help you to control costs, contribute to sales growth, and improve profit margins.
Tolerance is a crucial aspect of metal fabrication projects— and it remains one of the most examined factors for establishing manufacturing quality. Over the years, as tolerance expectations have increasingly more stringent, the more challenging the manufacturing process becomes for a given part. Even though technologies involved in water jet cutting, welding, and machining have continued to develop, especially tight tolerances are still not universally achievable by any given shop.
Tolerances are important to the manufacturing process as they determine how well a part will fit in final production and, as a result, how stable the final product will be. Essentially, tolerances can refer to mechanical fit, fit up, deviations from perfect straightness or accuracy of assembly. This post will provide a brief overview of how tolerance affects custom metal fabrication projects.
Topics: Tolerances, Custom Metal Fabrication, Metal Fabrication Projects