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FABRICATE

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This is where the magic happens. We take the approved plans of the space frame design modeled in our engineering software and transfer them into SAFS’s proprietary software. This technology assigns length and sizes to all members and generates the program for the CNC node-drilling machine, ensuring accuracy. All components are then manufactured in SAFS’ factory using domestic GB standard materials. Each member is cut exactly to specifications automatically and then stamped with a number that coordinates with the construction plan.

Once all items are fabricated, the pieces are laid out to create the desired shape within our facility. At this point, parts are hot-dip galvanized, powder-coated or colored…based on the approved design that meets the aesthetic vision set forth by the architect…for an industry-best corrosion-resistant finish.

Finally, balls, sleeves, and pins are assembled by hand so that the space frame structure is ready to be assembled when it arrives on site. To prepare for shipping, all members are stacked and wrapped in special export material, and the packages are ready to be transported to their destination anywhere in the world.

SPACE FRAME PRODUCTION PROCESS

1. Steel Pipe (According to the final design and shop drawings, welding pipe blanking + sealing plate / cone head for welding.)

  • Welded Pipe Arrived The Factory

  • Measuring Thickness

  • Blanking

  • Combination Spot Welding

  • Pipes sandblasting and derusting to SA2.5 Grade

  • UT inspection

  • Auto Welding

  • Inspection Size

  • Primer Paint

  • Surface Paint

  • After painting, the pipes measure whether the thickness of the dry film reaches the standard ( Total 3 layers, NDFT not less than 150μm)

  • Finished Pipe Packaging

2. Space Frame Components - Bolt ball, Cone, high strength bolt, blanking plate, sleeve,

Bolt Balls
Each project is based on the final design and shop drawings, the size and aperture of each bolt ball are different, and it requires professional workers to use special machines for processing.

cone head

cone head

High Strength Bolts

High Strength Bolts

Seal Plate

Seal Plate

Sleeve

Sleeve

3. Packing & Delivery

Strong And Safe Packing For Pipes

Strong And Safe Packing For Pipes

Each ball pacaked separately in Wood Case

Each ball pacaked separately in Wood Case

Steel Purlins packed by steel frame

Steel Purlins packed by steel frame

All goods loaded into containers

All goods loaded into containers

QUALITY INSPECTION

Quality Control System

  • SGS

  • BV

  • CNAS

  • National space frame and steel structures quality supervision and inspection center

Laboratory Testing

PACKAGE

space frame and steel  structures
Every SAFS structural member gets a sticker with identifying information. Unique mark, component number, fabrication parameters, and QR coding ensure that all component information is available exactly when and where required.
bolt balls
Small parts (bolt balls, nuts, high strength bolts) packed in wood cartons
Big parts packed by a steel frame
Big parts packed by a steel frame which is convenient for container unloading by forklift or crane on site.
(All members are stacked and wrapped in special export material and fixed by steel frame.)
Space Frame Structure
Each package will have the standard shipping mark include package number, product name, model number, brand name as OEM requirements, MADE IN CHINA mark, and detailed packing list.