Technology has had a major impact on the steel fabrication industry much as it has all other industries in the modern world. This marriage has made it possible to produce steel structures that are more complex, accurate, and durable than ever before. Take a look at a few ways technology now drives the steel fabrication industry, and how this could be beneficial for you as a steel customer.  

The Use of CAD and CAM Software 

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software is used to create and produce steel structures more quickly and accurately than ever before. This software allows engineers to design complex structures with ease, and then send those designs directly to machines that can fabricate them with precision. Therefore, if you have a unique steel piece that needs to be designed, the process to get that piece can be far quicker and the end result can be far more accurate. 

The Use of Robotics in Steel Fabrication Processes  

Robotic machines are now used to perform many of the tasks involved in steel fabrication, such as cutting, welding, and bending. This innovation has led to a significant increase in productivity and safety in the steel fabrication industry. Robots can work 24 hours a day without getting tired, and they are much less likely to make mistakes than human workers. As a customer, this often means the benefit of faster turnaround times for large or bulk orders. 

The Use of 3D Printing Technology 

Three-dimensional printing technology is being used to create complex steel structures that would be difficult or impossible to produce using traditional methods. This modernized printing process allows engineers to create structures with intricate details that can be difficult to create using typical or traditional machining methods. Therefore, customers with needs for intricate steel pieces can have them created in an efficient manner. 

The Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) 

Artificial intelligence is being used to develop new materials and processes for steel fabrication. This innovative approach to material production is leading to the development of stronger, lighter, and more durable steel products. AI can also be used to test new materials and processes and to identify the best combinations for specific applications. For end customers, this new technology means you may have greater access to more suitable materials for a diverse range of products. And, those products may be even more capable of performing under certain conditions.