How to Find a Metal Supplier for Your Next Project
For innovators, artists, inventors, creators of cool stuff and DIY fanatics, Aaron Machine Shop is a resource for great advice and great materials. As custom metal fabricators, machinists, and welders, the team at Aaron Machine Shop has served the metallurgical needs of commercial and industrial customers, as well as the area's hobbyists and tinkerers, since 1996. We know the challenges of finding cost-effective sources for high quality metals; here are some things to keep in mind when you begin your search for a metal supplier.
Choosing Your Metal Supplier
Start with finding a metal supplier you can talk to. Ideally, you should be able to describe your project to a prospective supplier and expect them to give you some options that take into account not only the cost but also how well the metal adapts to the production process and project specs. Don’t let cheaper metal derail the quality of your final product!
While there are some metal products that are not manufactured in North America, for which a foreign supplier might be the only source, there are many reasons why savvy individuals and profit-conscious businesses buy their metal from their local metal supplier in Calgary. These reasons include:
- Quality metal sources within Alberta and Canada
- Ease of verifying the reputation of the supplier you’re working with
- Better communication with your local company about your project needs
- Lower shipping costs from local suppliers
- Greater willingness to handle small orders as well as large bulk orders
- Faster shipping from a local supplier
- Faster production when using local, in-house fabrication and machining services
Suitability to a Canadian Market
- Metals manufactured to meet Canadian standards for quality and labour
- Marketing with a “Made in Canada” label
Through our local welding, CNC cutting, and fabrication services, Aaron Machine Shop can assist you in creating anything from unique artwork and furniture, to complex components and fully assembled machinery and anything else you have in mind.
Don’t Pay Too Much for Metals!
As commodities, the prices of steel, copper, aluminum, nickel, tin, and other metals are listed on websites such as Investing.com, which has a real-time stream of metals futures prices. While these numbers can give you a rough estimate of raw material prices, always keep in mind that market prices are more relevant to commodity brokers dealing in bulk.
Hobbyists especially may be tempted to look to metal recyclers and scrap yards for metals for their projects. Aaron Machine Shop encourages metal recycling and upcycling. However, if the job of searching for your metal is taking time away from the joy of the actual project, kick start your project by choosing your metal from a reliable local metal supplier such as Aaron Machine Shop!
Metals Available from Aaron Machine Shop
Aaron Machine Shop offers you expert material sourcing and supply as well as state-of-the-art metal fabrication services. We offer a wide range of products, including, but not limited to:
- Stainless steel
- Mild steel
- Flat bar
- Round tubing
- Angle iron
- Round, square and rectangular tubing
If the metals you’re looking for are not available at Aaron Machine Shop, we can refer you to suppliers that we know and have worked with for many years. If you’re a true do-it-yourselfer, you may be willing to explore the fascinating process of creating your own metal for antique restorations or for rebuilding old machines or tools. We can help you find the raw materials to create the bronze and aluminum castings for your project – and give you some advice for a safe home foundry!
Whether you’re a hobbyist or an artist exploring what’s possible, or an industrialist looking for precise results from our fabrication, welding, and machining services, we welcome your phone calls to discuss your project’s specifics. Give us a call today to get started!