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A look into the history of steel fabrication…
There are a number of inventions throughout human history that a number of people would mark down as the most important; the wheel, the written word, books, transport, the Internet… One thing that is often overlooked, that’s been around for nearly as long as the written word, is steel fabrication. It was a major development in its day, allowing humans to create better tools, weapons, armour and more. Hunters would make better arrowheads to bring home more food and countries would use the technique to build their armies, but in the modern day, what exactly is steel fabrication used for?
It’s not uncommon to see steel fabrication at work in a number of huge industries in the modern day, which cover all forms of products. Examples of these industries are:
- Arts and crafts
Steel fabrication was one of the leading techniques of craftsmanship and the creation of weapons and tools in order to develop society. The technique proved so versatile that it led to somewhat of a specialisation. In the past, it wasn’t uncommon for miners to process ore into steel, allowing the steel to be turned into weapons or tools that they could sell on for profit.
In the modern industries, there are a number of different steps you can take in order to get ore from the earth and turn it into goods that can be used by millions worldwide. There are a number of types of metals that we use in our day to day lives, all of which are produced from the fabrication process. For example:
Iron and steel are often found in electronic appliances, devices and cars.
Silver is used in both electronic parts and ornamentation.
Gold is used in ornamentation, but it is also a vital part of some electrical equipment, due to the metals being a great conductor of electricity.
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You may have heard of steel fabrication, but do you know how it works?
Steel is an alloy, made from a combination of iron and a number of other metals including carbon, silicon, phosphorus and sulphur. There are varied amounts of these metals present in steel, but it’s commonly found that levels of carbon should be below two percent, with other metals in steel being below one percent. Steel can be cut, shaped and moulded into a range of products; which can all vary from household appliances to vehicle components.
The process in which steel is bent and shaped is widely known as steel fabrication. The birth of steel fabrication came in 1856, when Henry Bessemer, a British inventor, smelted steel. As time has gone on, steel fabrication has evolved into an incredibly advanced process, one that’s way more effective in the modern environment. To this day though, the skill and technique required in order to smelt steel rests at an incredibly high level.
The process behind steel fabrication
In steel fabrication, there are two existing methods that are used universally. The first method of steel fabrication is known as the ‘integration’ method, where the raw material found in steel are heated until they melt, and then being mixed together. Steel that is fabricated today is made using this method.
The second and final method is a process that’s used with recycled steel. This process is known as the Electric Arc Furnace Method, which is the quicker method out of the two. Recycled steel is placed into a furnace, then being melted and set, cut and bent into its final product.
When taken into account, both methods of steel fabrication require a huge amount of skill and precision in order to be done correctly. As of this blog being written, there are as many as three thousands types of steel known to man, with each type holding its own chemical properties, as well as its physical properties.
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