Made In Chicago

We take on a diverse range of fabrication and forming projects: from brake press forming to laser cutting.

Our Portfolio

Mast Weldments - Chicago Metal

Fabrication of A Large Steel Mast Weldment for a Forklift Application

A customer approached Chicago Metal Fabricators to fabricate a steel mast weldment for use within a 100 ton forklift application. We used a high definition bevel plasma cutter to cut the 3″ thick A514 T-1 and A572-Gr 80 steel plate.

Base Weldment - Chicago Metal

Fabrication of heavy gauge Particle Accelerator Base Weldment for the Scientific Research Industry

Chicago Metal Fabricators was approached by a client in the scientific research industry to fabricate base weldments for particle accelerators. We first plasma cut all the A36 steel parts with a Messer 400 amp high definition bevel plasma cutter.

High Tensit - Chicago Metal

Brake Press Forming of heavy, High Tensile Strength Steel Component for the Off-Highway Industry

A client from the off-highway industry came to Chicago Metal Fabricators to brake press form a high tensile strength steel component. The 4,500 lbs component was CNC bevel plasma cut using a Messer MPC high definitional bevel plasma cutter. Then we press brake formed the 110,000 PSI tensile strength, AR400 steel into a .750″ thick, 18′ long and 8′ wide component. Finally, we tested, inspected and delivered 20 of the high tensile strength components each month.

Machinery base frame - Chicago Metal

Laser Cutting of heavy gauge metal for Machinery Base Frame for the Air Compressor Industry

A customer, who produces air compressors, approached Chicago Metal Fabricators to laser cut 5 machinery base frames. Utilizing a 8 kW fiber laser, we laser cut the 1/4″ thick A36 steel machinery base frames while holding tightest tolerances of +/- 1/32″ throughout production. Following cutting, the frames were welded, machined and put through a CNC 350 ton press brake. Each of the 8,500 lbs frames was finished with a powder coat (semi-gloss black) and met ISO 9001-2008 specifications.

Machining tool base - Chicago Metal

Fabrication of heavy gauge Steel Base Weldment for the Machine Tool Industry

Chicago Metal Fabricators was approached by a customer in the machine tooling industry to fabricate a steel base weldment. The weldment’s A36 steel was plasma cut (Messer 400 amp high definition bevel plasma) and then machined. We then formed the steel at a 135° angle using a 1000 ton x 30 foot press brake. The 17′ long, 15′ wide and 3′ high weldment was then stress relieved and shot blasted. Chicago Metal Fabricators was able to hold tightest tolerances of +/- 1/32″ throughout the fabrication process. Each of the client’s 7, 41,000 lbs base weldments underwent a magnetic particle weld inspection.

laser cutting - Chicago Metal

Laser Cutting of heavy gauge Steel End Sheet for the Industrial Process Truck

A customer approached Chicago Metal Fabricators to laser cut 15 steel end sheets per month. Utilizing a Whitney 6000 watt plate laser, we laser cut the ½” thick and 108″ in diameter end sheets while holding tightest tolerances of ±.030″ throughout production.