Stainless steel sculpture with mirror polished finishing is very popular in public art works. It involves many steps and have to be performed by skillful fabricator. This tutorial shows how we fabricate the artworks.
Step 1: Digital Modelling
Digital Modeling. The commonly used digital model applications are Zbrush, 3D Max,Rhino, etc.
For simple shaped artworks, we recommend using Rhino and 3D Max.
Step 2: Engineering and Preping stainless steel sheet.
High quality stainless steel is the foundation to create beautiful works. We suggest use marine grade stainless steel sheet 316, which features superior corrosion resistance performance and high strength. It is crucial to make sure that the stainless steel sculptures will never get corrosion placed outdoors, even in warm and high humidity environment. Compared with stainless steel Grade 201 and 304, stainless steel 316 works much more better on build quality.
After preparing for the stainless steel sheet, we cut and bend the stainless steel sheeting according to design using high precision water jet cutter or plasma cutter.
Step 3: Building Armature of the sculpture.
All joints are full welded to maximize strength. We use TIG and MIG for welding. The welding rods have to be exactly the same as the stainless steel sheet. Otherwise there will be imperfection on the finished works.
Step 4: Fabrication
This is the crucial steps in the entire fabrication process. The sculptures will be formed as its design. All the welding joints and seams have to fulled examined.
Step 5: Polishing
Polishing is a dirty job, involving many steps, which have to be performed in correct order and in right technique.
These are material commonly used for polishing: polishing wheel, cotton wheel, non-woven wheel and polishing paste. The hard and tough polishing wheel is used in first stage and then softer cotton wheel. Polishing paste of different colors are also used in different stage.
Step 6: Installation
This is the finished works of mirror polished stainless steel works.
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