Metal fabrication plays a significant role in building everyday products, such as electrical systems, pipe fittings and car parts. The purpose of metal fabrication is to manufacture sheet metal and other flat metals to make specific shapes. This is done through cutting, stamping, shaping, folding and welding. Custom fabrication is a related practice that creates new, custom parts.
There are a variety of metals that can be used in custom metal fabrication in Mississippi. Below are the three most popular metals that you’ll come across. To find out what material is best for your metal fabrication needs, contact Rockett Inc. for a consultation.
- Carbon Steel
Steel is a ferrous metal made from iron and carbon. Carbon is the main alloying material. The hardness and tensile strength of the steel largely depends on how much carbon is used. There is wide range of steel alloys and grades, each with different characteristics of strength, hardness, wear resistance, malleability, corrosion resistance, etc. This broad pallet enables engineers and fabricators to select the best material for the required application and use.
Carbon steel is most popular for metal fabrication because it has a higher carbon content, giving it a lower melting point. It’s also durable, strong, sturdy and malleable. Speak with Rockett Inc. to determine what type of carbon steel is best for your needs – low, medium or high. Low carbon steel is least expensive and easiest to cut and form, whereas high carbon steel is most expensive but extremely hard and strong.
If you want the strength and durability of steel but without the weight and cost, aluminum is a great choice. It’s also ideal for applications that require low temperatures, such as refrigerators. Even though aluminum is a lightweight material, it’s still strong and can be finished with a wide range of materials to add powder coatings, oxide layers and more.
Another benefit to aluminum is that it can help you complete your project on a budget. Plastic fabrication may be affordable, but it can cause your product to fail quickly, especially in high temperatures or corrosive environments. This makes aluminum a good, affordable alternative.
- Stainless Steel
Stainless steel fabrication is expensive, but it can provide the greatest value for your project. The chromium contained in stainless steel is what makes it corrosion resistant. This tough, invisible layer self-heals surfaces with the presence of oxygen and other factors.
Rockett Inc. has high quality equipment that allows us to cut and weld stainless steel with no problems. We highly recommend stainless steel for corrosive environments. There are many grades of stainless steel, so contact us today to find out which one is right for your project.
Find the Best Metal for Your Application
Rockett Inc. stocks a wide range of materials in various sizes and shapes. Some of our most popular metals for custom metal fabrication in Mississippi include mild steel, aluminum, copper, brass and galvanneal. Contact us today to determine which type of metal is right for your needs. We stock a wide variety of grades, sizes, shapes and thicknesses, and we can source specific items if not currently stocked.