Cost is one of the first and most important factors to consider in any metal fabrication project – for both the client and the fabricator. Welding is a common technique used in many metal fabrication projects. And while it’s often necessary, it can also be expensive. Thankfully, there are things that can be done to cut costs when welding is required. In this article, we are going to talk about four tips for cutting the cost of welding in a metal fabrication project.
Tips for Cutting Welding Costs
While welding is necessary in many metal fabrication projects, it often comes at a high cost. That’s because it’s a manual technique requiring the work of a highly skilled professional, and often uses complex tooling and fixtures. Other potential issues like heat distortion and the need for follow-up finishing can increase costs even more. But there are ways to manage costs when welding is required. Here are four tips for doing so:
- Incorporate Self-Locating Features. These features can be largely automated, which can reduce overall costs.
- Create Slot & Tab Features. This allows welded pieces to slot together like a puzzle and reduces the need for more expensive fixtures.
- Change the Type of Weld. There are numerous types of welds, some more intensive than others. Using tack welds instead of full seam welds can save time and money, if applicable.
- Limit the Amount of Weld. This can reduce heat and process time – thus cutting cost.
Contact Data Metalcraft, Inc.
If you are looking for help with your next metal fabrication project (whether or not it involves welding) you’ve come to the right place! Data Metalcraft has decades of experience working in the metal fabrication industry. Our team of experts can help guide you through the entire metal fabrication process from start to finish, making sure you have a good understanding of the project all along the way. Reach out to our team today at our Arlington, MN facility to learn more about how we can help bring your metal fabrication project to life.