Here is an overview of LCF’s process of manufacturing best-in-class home and garden metal products.
Design Phase: The first step in manufacturing is the design phase. Designers use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create 2D and 3D models of the product. These models allow designers to see how the product will look, how it will function, and how it will fit into the space it is intended for.
Material Selection: Once the design is finalized, the next step is material selection. Our preference is titanium, steel, aluminum, and stainless steel. Each material has its own benefits and drawbacks, and the selection depends on the intended use of the product, the design requirements, and the budget. For example, aluminum is lightweight and resistant to corrosion, so is stainless steel, making it an ideal choice for outdoor furniture, while steel is strong and durable, making it a good choice for heavy-duty indoor furniture.
Manufacturing Process: After the material selection, the manufacturing process begins. The first step is to cut the metal sheets into the required shapes and sizes using a laser cutting machine using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) software. This ensures precision and accuracy in the cutting process.
The next step is to bend and shape the metal pieces into the required shapes using a press brake or other metal bending equipment that again is CNC based. This is where the furniture starts to take shape.
Once the metal pieces are cut and bent into shape, they are welded together to create the frame of the furniture. Welding requires skill and expertise to ensure the joints are strong and secure. Depending on the product, we also use rivets or PEM inserts to connect various pieces.
Surface Treatment: After welding, the product is cleaned and prepared for surface treatment.
Finally, the product (unless it is stainless steel) is finished with powder coating. Powder coating is a popular choice for metal furniture as it is more durable and resistant to scratches and chipping than traditional paint.
Quality Control: Throughout the manufacturing process, quality control measures are in place to ensure the furniture meets the highest standards of quality and safety. Quality control inspectors check the furniture at various stages of production to ensure it meets the design specifications and passes safety tests.
'LCF Excellence': Manufacturing best-in-class home and garden metal products requires a combination of design expertise, material selection, manufacturing processes, surface treatment, and quality control. By following these steps, LCF can create high-quality, durable, and aesthetically pleasing metal furniture that meets the needs of homeowners and garden enthusiasts alike.