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"Artistic Alloys and Design, LLC is dedicated to delivering the best designs, materials, engineering and craftsmanship to provide our clients with world class results to set the standard by which other metal fabricators compare themselves."

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Artistic Alloys is a custom metal fabrication company in Phoenix, AZ providing welding services, custom metal fabrication, Iron entry doors, custom entry doors, custom wrought iron gates, custom fireplaces, custom commercial kitchen metal fabrication, driveway gates, custom metal staircase railings, walk gates, commercial restaurant accessories, custom mailboxes, custom metal business signs and commercial entry doors, oven hoods & custom kitchen accessories, park add-ons, custom wine rooms, metal walls & tables, steel windows and doors and commercial doors and windows.

As one of the leaders in the custom metal fabricating industry, our experience paired your design ideas will ensure a finished product better then you had hoped for. We only use the highest quality metals in our projects, such as iron, steel, aluminum, brass, copper and zinc.

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At Artistic Alloys, we aspire to raise the bar for our competitors. We specialize in one-of-a-kind pieces, whether it's for the home or for your business. We have the tools to bring any project to life.

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Our priority is offering the absolute highest quality service, designing, engineering, fabrication and custom finishes. We "push the envelope" on design, function and completely unique innovation.

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About

Artistic Alloys & Design was founded by Scott La Zar to provide businesses, developers and homeowners with artistically designed metal fabrication products that are unique, one-of-a-kind works of art which enhance the beauty of any design project. Mr. La Zar has been in the industry for over 20 years bringing his vast knowledge base of creative design implementations to countless satisfied customers.

Pride and reputation is instilled in every project we perform and throughout our employees, vendors and clients. Excellence in our unique business is quality not quantity. Every creation we produce is fully and completely guaranteed to perform, withstand and enhance all applications and duties they are designed for.
Thank you for your time and interest in Artistic Alloys & Design. Please browse through our projects to see if our designs spark an idea for your environment. I hope for the opportunity to accommodate you.

Sincerely, Scott

What I Offer

What I Offer

  • "One of a kind" design
  • Extreme quality welding
  • Unique fabrication
  • Stellar service

Choosing the right Metal Fabrication Shop 2016

Choosing fabrication shops that suit your needs is an extremely important decision that could affect your production quality, manufacturing rate and cost effectiveness of any given project. To help you select the right fab shop, you should consider the following:

  1. Fabrication Experience: Custom metal fabricators that have a lot of experience and reviews online are easy to spot. The Google My Business listings hosts all the reviews from all across the web in one convenient place, their Google My Business page. Just do a Google search for the company in question and view their business listing on Google to find the reviews.
  2. Types of Industries Served: You want to make sure and pick a shop that services the type of fabrication you need. If all they build are wine vaults and you need a custom artistic piece built, they might not be the company for you. Find a fabrication company that specialized in the type of fabrication you need.
  3. Resources & Technology Used: It’s important to know the kind technology and equipment owned and operated by the company. If their equipment is out of date or no longer being used in the industry, its quite possible the company is out of date as well.
  4. Types of Production: Depending on the amount of fabrication your might need: long term, short term, lots of production or single pieces etc… You want to pick a shop that can service the amount of production you need.
  5. Types of Material They Use: You want to make sure the shop you choose has the materials you need on hand. If they have to order the materials from another vendor, it might take longer to complete your project. Find a shop that specializes in the type of custom metal fabrication you need.
  6. Dedication to Customer Service: You can easily find out what kinds of experiences past customers of any company have had with the endless information available on the internet. Finding a company that prioritizes excellent customer service practices is a sign of a company that is thoroughly run and pays great attention to detail. Great customer service is only possible when the customer is paid great attention to the point that their needs and wants are not only heard, but met to their expectations.
  7. How is the Company Rated Against Their Competition: This goes along with the previous item listed. Finding out the overall reputation of a company is extremely important if you expect to get the results you desire at a fair price. Comparing companies not only arms you with the knowledge needed to get what you want for yourself, it also gives you a powerful negotiating tool because you will be in the know about the company your are negotiating with as well as their competitors. Knowing the strengths of any companies competitors shifts some negotiating power in your favor and the more of that you can get the better the result will be for you overall.
  8. Location, Location, Location: Finding a shop that is convenient for you to get to will help you save time and money. Not having to travel across town to your chosen metal fabrication shop can take a lot of time and gas which definitely adds up over time. Another area that staying local is the fact that you will save money on any products you may be having delivered to you. The shorter the trip, the cheaper the delivery will be.

Thinking about fabricating the metal yourself? Read the tutorials below on how to custom fabricate sheet metal.

 

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Hot Rolled Steel vs. Cold Rolled Steel

There are many out there who wonder what the inherent differences are between hot rolled steel and cold rolled steel. While both are very common, there are subtle differences that should definitely be accounted for when choosing metal products for specific applications. There are advantages to both and we will outline some of those for you in this blog entry.

Hot Rolled:

Hot rolled steel is milling process in which steel is rolled at temperatures that soar north of 1700 degrees. These temperatures are above the threshold for the recrystalization for steel which means it will be malleable and shapeable. Utilizing such high temperatures allows for projects of much larger sizes to be completed. Hot rolled steel is also more affordable than cold rolled steel as the process is rarely delayed which means the steel will not need to be reheated in order to finish a project (which is common with cold rolled steel). I-beams and railroad tracks are two common examples of items that are fabricated using the hot rolling method. Most applications that utilize hot rolled steel do not have strict size, shape or tolerance mandates.

Cold Rolled:

Cold rolled steel is basically a more extensive version of the hot rolling method. Following the heating up and shaping of the steel, a cooling process (at room temperature) is started before being followed by tempering or annealing/ rolling. This process makes that can be more accurately shaped along with several other advantages such as:

  • Turning, which will get rid of imperfections along the surface
  • Cold drawing increases the overall strength and eliminates further thermal treatments
  • Grinding allows for more varied size possibilities, which means more dynamic projects are also possible
  • Polishing will smooth out the surface and give the product more overall visual appeal.

 

 

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CNC Machining

Computer Numerical Control, known as CNC machining, is a system that manages tool movement and function with a software program. The precision involved in CNC can take a company’s fabrication process to the next level. Customers will see better quality in the products they receive and the premium quality will lead to more business and greater revenue. It truly is amazingly beneficial for any metal fabrication shop.

The handling of the software needs to be left to very capable hands as intimate knowledge of both the metal fabrication process and the necessary software are both required in full to be able to maximize the benefits you receive from your Computer Numerical Control system. This requires training on top of investing in a quality CNC system for your fabrication shop. There are going to be costs up front on the business side and customers who receive CNC products may carry a higher price, but customers will be satisfied with the improved quality of the finished products.

CNC can work with any metal type and several machines can be run in unison to quickly and accurately create larger products without slowing down production time. This means that production runs of large amounts of product can be completed as quickly as possible while minimizing any interference or slowing down of other projects your shop may have in the queue.

Artistic Alloys in Phoenix, AZ employs the use of CNC technology and they are responsible for some of the most creative metal works in the Valley of the Sun. We truly strive to put our stamp of quality on every piece that leaves our shop. If you are looking for top quality and craftsmanship with a unique and creative touch, look no further than the creative and experienced minds at Artistic Alloys.

 

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Galvanization….What is it?

You hear the word ‘galvanized’ all the time when it comes to metals. Whether you are shopping for materials or purchasing a finished product of metal fabrication, you’ll inevitably hear the word thrown around. So, what is galvanization? Galvanization is a process that metal is put through in order to protect it from corrosion. There are various ways to galvanize metal, but no matter which methodology is chosen, the results will be more or less the same in the end. At the end of the galvanization process, you will end up with the metal being layered with a coat of zinc, which is the protective shield against corrosion.

There are three common ways to galvanize metal

Hot-Dipping is a galvanization method where steel or iron is dipped into molten zinc. A primitive method, so to speak, that is prone to leaving a zinc coating that is thicker than necessary or desired.

Thermal Diffusion heats the metal and zinc powder together at very high temperatures. Once a certain heat threshold is passed, the zinc will melt down and form along the surface of the metal that is being galvanized.

Electroplating, or electro-galvanizing, gives metal it’s zinc coat by passing an electric current through the metal. This method is typically used in heavy machinery such as cars and trucks.

How to know when Metal is Galvanized

Metal workers can tell if metal is galvanized right away after a quick look, but how can the everyday person who is foreign to metal work tell whether they are looking at galvanized metal or not? Galvanized metal will be lighter in color than non galvanized metal and it will also appear to be a bit more dull in tone. Non galvanized metal has more of a shiny appearance. Galvanized metal will also have a slightly flaked appearance, with subtle silver flakes covering the surface.

 

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Artistic Alloys

Artistic Alloys in Phoenix, Arizona is a metal fabrication shop that creates unique, one-of-a-kind pieces that are functional, efficient and beautiful. Creativity is something that gets overlooked or underappreciated in certain industries and Artistic Alloys believes that creativity is actually the ingredient that separates them from the pack that they are in constant competition with. There are numerous shops that can build you the gate, entry door, custom fire place, kitchen component, hand railing or any other product of metal fabrication that you may be in the market for.

Not only are there plenty of options to choose from as far as metal fabrication shops go, there are many shops that produce quality work for competitive pricing. So when quality and pricing are equal, what can set one option apart from the other? This is where Artistic Alloys gains its edge. Not only does Artistic Alloys produce top of the line metal work for competitive and fair prices, they add an artistic touch that you will be hard pressed to duplicate anywhere else. Yes, you can go to a number of shops to have that iron entry gate that you’ve been wanting fabricated, but there is only ONE place that you can get and Artistic Alloys iron entry gate.

If you want a signature statement to be made with various components of your home, Scott Lazar and his team at Artistic Alloys can help you make that statement with authoritative grace. Shopping around is smart as is saving money. Why not do both of those things while also enjoying the beautiful benefits of an elegant, sturdy piece from Artistic Alloys?? You really can have it all in regard to your metal fabrication needs. Trust and believe that you will be in great hands with the Metal Fabrication team at Artistic Alloys.

 

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3 Reasons To Hire a Professional Welder Rather Than DIY Welding

3 reasons to hire a professional welder

If you’re working on a metal project that requires welding and thinking of doing the job yourself, think again. It’s a lot more involved than you think. Welding should be left to certified welders who have experience in the industry.

1st reason. Welding equipment is expensive

If you haven’t been welding for 5+ years or more, you probably don’t have a welding machine lying around waiting for you to use it. In that case you will need to purchase or rent a welding machine with can be very expensive and waste of time if you don’t have the necessary welding skills. Also, if you plan on renting a welding machine, the deposits you will have to pay can be ridiculous. Furthermore, paying those costs really doesn’t help you save money and the quality of work won’t be near as good as a professionals. Also, the weld you create won’t be as strong and defeats the whole purpose of welding in the first place.

2nd reason. You Risk Injuring Yourself or Going Blind

Welding is a dangerous job for many reasons. You could potentially burn yourself badly if your aren’t wearing the right protective equipment or being careful. Also, the light that is emitted from the welding process can potentially make you lose sight. A professional welder has tons of safety and technique training they have to undergo before becoming certified and know how to keep themselves and those around them safe. If you haven’t had this training, you are putting you, your family members and location your choose to weld at risk.

3rd reason. It’s Tougher Than You Probably Think

Welding looks easy on TV right? Why can’t I just do it myself? Yeah, welders that have 20 years of experience do make welding look easy. Although, it might not be as easy as you think. There’s a reason why there are schools for welding, it’s not something you can just pickup with a weekend at your buddies house who used to weld back in the day. It take years of experience and practice to be able to weld well and the chances of your project coming out nice without any experience is not likely.

As you can already tell, welding isn’t something that should be taken lightly even on the smallest of projects. Luckily there are many welding professionals in your area that will provide you with professional services to make sure your project gets completed properly and safely.

 

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Aluminum vs. Steel

Two common metals used in metal fabrication are aluminum and stainless steel and each bring their own unique attributes and strengths to the table. We are going to outline some of the differences in using stainless steel and aluminum in your metal fab projects.

The Process with both

Stainless Steel: Stainless steel can withstand an amazing amount of pressure and wear and tear. This means it yields durable products. The caveat is that stainless steel is not as easy to cut and shape as aluminum is. Machining, hardening, soft soldering, welding, and brazing are all common aspects of fabricating with stainless steel. The shaping techniques that agree with stainless steel the most are bending, folding, deep drawing, cold/hot forging, spinning and rolling.

Aluminum: Aluminum is very pliable in comparison to stainless steel. It can be easily cut and formed to fit the specifications of the project at hand.

The End Products They Produce

Stainless Steel:  Products that are built from stainless steel are very durable in several ways.  Heat resistance (up to 400 degrees), easy to weld, and very resistant to corrosion, stainless steel products will last for the long haul. If you are looking for metal products that are hardy and resistant to oxidation and various other forms of corrosion, look for products made from stainless steel.

Aluminum: Aluminum is much lighter than stainless steel so products made from aluminum are very light weight when compared to like products made from stainless steel. The light weight leads to aluminum also being a cheaper option at the cash register. Aluminum is better at conducting heat than stainless steel which lends it to being desirable for select applications that would never consider stainless steel in the same scenario. Aluminum is also very pliable and can be shaped easily, but will start to soften and melt at a much cooler temperature than stainless steel.

 

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How To Custom Fabricate Sheet Metal 2015

Sheet Metal Fabrication Tutorials

Tip courtesy of Design Optimization Consulting Services: “Here’s a tip that I’ve given to several people over the years concerning straightening out a sheared strip of material. It’s one of those things where you read it, and say to yourself, well that’s pretty obvious. But it’s something people never really think of at the time.”

The material is .074” CRS, say 24” long sheared to .5” strips. After being sheared into strips, the material curls from being pinched off of the sheet. Some shears are better than others, and this happens differently with different materials, thicknesses, etc… When it does happen, it can curl down the length of the strip, or twist a good 45 degrees from one end to the other. This can be pretty frustrating if you are planning to use this for a shim for whatever reason. You aren’t shearing a strip because you wanted a pretzel.

The fix is easy and only takes a second. Using a vice that is stationary, clamp approximately 1 inch of one end into the jaws, just snug enough not to go anywhere. Position it so it’s pointing toward your gut. Next, grab a set of vice grips, or use a C-clamp so you don’t mar the material, and clamp it down on the opposite end of the strip.

Twist in the opposite direction of the curl and presto! You’ve straightened out your strip. I told you it was easy.

How to Fabricate Sheet Metal

Sheet metal is a flattened piece of metal ranging in thickness from a 30 gauge, the thinnest, to an 8 gauge. Sheet metal is not only steel or aluminum, but any metal including gold, silver, platinum, copper, brass tin and nickel. Sheet metal can be fabricated into many useful and decorative objects around a home and shop. Fabricating sheet metal requires a few tools and close attention to detail for best results.

Steps

1. Make a scale drawing of your design on graph paper. Write out dimensions of each piece, including the gauge of the metal as well as the type of metal.

2 Order sheet metal. Allow approximately 10 percent extra to cover possible mistakes in calculating amount needed or in cutting.

3. Set up a work surface large enough to hold the finished design. Protect the surface of the table if necessary, as sheet metal edges are sharp.

4. Make a full size pattern of your design using paper or cardboard.

5. Make a complete mock up of your design before laying out and cutting into the sheet metal. If your design is for a flat decorative piece like a screen or an insert, you can use newspaper or newsprint. For dimensional designs, use cardboard. While it’s not strictly necessary to make a mock up of the design, it is an excellent way to find problems with the design before cutting into expensive sheet metal. You can piece smaller pieces of cardboard together with duct tape or masking tape to get the size you need. Appliance cartons are ideal for this purpose.

6. Wear heavy leather work gloves to protect your hands from cuts when you place the sheet metal on the work surface. Not only can the edges of the sheet metal cut your hands, the oil used to protect the surface of the metal from rust can irritate your skin.

7. Lay the pattern pieces on top of the sheet metal, secure them to the surface with tape and draw the outline with a sharp transfer pencil. Keep the transfer pencil sharp so that you have the thinnest, finest cutting line possible. You can also use a fine tipped awl, but keep it sharp by running it over a sharpening stone or nail file as needed.

8. Cut out the pieces using sharp metal cutting shears. A large and/or elaborate pattern may require more than 1 pair of shears to cut all the pieces.

9. Double check your measurements before cutting. If this sheet metal fabrication is your first project, you might want to cut your pieces just a shade larger. It’s a lot easier to trim or file off the excess than try to add strips to make it larger.

 

 

 

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Custom Metal Fabrication Process Guide 2015

Metal fabrication is a broad term referring to any process that cuts, shapes or molds metal material into a final product. Stock metal components, such as sheet metal, metal rods and metal bars, are widely available in a variety of material and dimensional specifications. In addition, most fabrication shops can produce metal products in a wide range of shapes and sizes. However, when manufacturers require a non-standard component or unique metal product, custom fabrication services can provide both design and production assistance for these built-to-order parts.

Metal fabrication is the building of metal structures by cutting, bending, and assembling processes:

Cutting is done by sawing, shearing, or chiseling (all with manual and powered variants); torching with hand-held torches (such as oxy-fuel torches or plasma torches); and via numerical control (CNC) cutters (using a laser, mill bits, torch, or water jet).

Bending is done by hammering (manual or powered) or via press brakes and similar tools. Modern metal fabricators utilize press brakes to either coin or air-bend metal sheet into form. CNC-controlled backgauges utilize hard stops to position cut parts in order to place bend lines in the correct position. Off-line programing software now makes programing the CNC-controlled press brakes seamless and very efficient.

Assembling (joining of the pieces) is done by welding, binding with adhesives, riveting, threaded fasteners, or even yet more bending in the form of a crimped seam. Structural steel and sheet metal are the usual starting materials for fabrication, along with the welding wire, flux, and fasteners that will join the cut pieces. As with other manufacturing processes, both human labor and automation are commonly used. The product resulting from fabrication may be called a fabrication. Shops that specialize in this type of metal work are called fab shops. The end products of other common types of metalworking, such as machining, metal stamping, forging, and casting, may be similar in shape and function, but those processes are not classified as fabrication.

Fabrication comprises or overlaps with various metalworking specialties:

Fabrication shops and machine shops have overlapping capabilities, but fabrication shops generally concentrate on metal preparation and assembly as described above. By comparison, machine shops also cut metal, but they are more concerned with the machining of parts on machine tools. Firms that encompass both fab work and machining are also common.

Blacksmithing has always involved fabrication, although it was not always called by that name.

The products produced by welders, which are often referred to as weldments, are an example of fabrication.

Boilermakers originally specialized in boilers, leading to their trade’s name, but the term as used today has a broader meaning.

Similarly, millwrights originally specialized in setting up grain mills and saw mills, but today they may be called upon for a broad range of fabrication work.

Ironworkers, also known as steel erectors, also engage in fabrication. Often the fabrications for structural work begin as prefabricated segments in a fab shop, then are moved to the site by truck, rail, or barge, and finally are installed by erectors.

Types of Custom Metal Fabrication Services

Custom fabrication services can be helpful in all stages of the product development process. Whether you require a complete production run of items or support on a component assembly project, you may find the following types of custom services beneficial:

  • Design: The conceptualization, creation, or analysis of exact part or product characteristics.
  • Build: The actual construction of the metal product.
  • Finishing and assembly: The improvement of product quality through post-fabrication treatments.

Custom Design Services

Manufacturing a unique product often requires considerable design and planning. Insufficient preparation can result in a custom metal part with structural weaknesses, improper dimensions, or other unwanted attributes that may compromise its quality. To ensure optimal results, consider some of the following custom design services:

  • Conceptualizing: If provided with a general idea of how a product should look and which features (strength, versatility, appearance, etc) are important, conceptualization assistance can help determine the exact parts or material characteristics necessary to accomplish the project.
  • Computer-aided design (CAD): CAD programs provide manufacturers with a computer-generated three-dimensional representation of their product. Inputting designs into a CAD program will help to identify potential structural weaknesses prior to actual production.
  • Tooling design: Custom fabricators can also assist with designing specialized production tools.

Custom Build Services

Once a product has been designed, the manufacturing process can begin. Choosing a fabrication method suited to a given project depends on part geometry, the product’s intended purpose, and the materials used in crafting it. Some Common custom metal fabrication processes include:

  • Casting: Hot liquid metal is forced into a mold and allowed to cool and harden.
  • Drawing: Tensile force is used to draw molten metal into a tapered die.
  • Forging: Compressive force is applied to deform and shape the metal.
  • Extrusion: A ram feeds billets through a die, producing cylindrical items, such as wiring and pipes.
  • Punching: Uniquely shaped turrets punch the metal to create decorative indentions or other features.
  • Welding: Two or more pieces of metal are joined together, through a combination of heat and pressure.
  • Drilling: Circular holes are bored into the metal with a drill bit.
  • Milling: Non-circular holes are cut into the metal through the use of a milling machine.
  • Turning: The metal workpiece is rotated on its axis while a cutting tool shapes the material.

Custom Finishing and Assembly Services

Some custom metal products require secondary finishing treatments to achieve their intended specifications. Assembly services may also be necessary for combining two or more components into a single functional unit. Common secondary custom metal fabrication services include adhesive bonding, bolting deburring, grinding, riveting, screwing, sawing, and painting.

Custom Metal Fabrication Materials

Most custom metal fabricated products are crafted from a range of commonly used metals and their alloys. Some of the most popular metal types available for custom fabrication include aluminum, brass, copper, gold, iron, nickel, silver, magnesium, tin titanium, and various grades of steel.

Choosing a Custom Metal Fabrication Shop

Choosing a custom fab shop appropriate to your needs is an important decision that can affect the manufacturing rate, production quality, and cost-effectiveness of a given project. To help in the selection process, consider some of the following factors:

  • Experience: Custom fabricators that have been operating for a long time or have a well-established record of providing good service may present obvious reasons for choosing a shop.
  •  Industries served: It can be helpful to note which industries a shop normally services, as well as the sorts of products or processes it specifically focuses on, to see if they match your needs.
  • Resources: The types of machinery and tooling capacity of a custom fabrication shop can be important influences on its capabilities and the quality of its metal products.
  • Production type: The size of a production run, whether short- or long-term and low- or high-volume, should be one of the central considerations in choosing an adequate custom fabrication service.
  • Stock materials: Finally, it is important to ensure that a fabricator has and is able to form the specific metal that will be used for a product.

 

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