A customer in the office furniture industry needed a company with the experience and capabilities to provide design assistance as well as offering precision fabrication services. Fabco Manufacturing, Inc. was contracted to perform all of the required work, consulting with the customer to design and produce prototype models of the lateral filing cabinet highlighted below. Utilizing SolidWorks modeling software and 2D drawing tools, an initial design was submitted and improved, until approved by the customer. Fabrication took place at our ISO compliant facility, subjecting cold rolled steel in 20ga, 18ga and 14ga thicknesses to a number of precision processes including shearing, punching, forming, TIG welding, and grinding to reach the specified configurations. A decorative and protective powder coat finish was applied, and the part was completed with assembling of the sourced hardware.

Overall dimensions of the finished cabinet were 48” in width, a depth of 30”, and a height of 60”. Quality and accuracy were ensured with thorough first article and dimensional inspections, along with functionality testing. One of the produced prototypes along with the SolidWorks models would be sent to China, in order for the customer’s contracted Chinese manufacturer to imitate the exact design and quality produced by Fabco. The sourced components including drawer slides and locks were required to be available for production in China. The other prototype would remain in the US as a reference. The two prototypes were manufactured within a turnaround time of 2 weeks, an illustration of our dedication to designing and building quick-turn prototypes for our customers. For more details about this lateral filing cabinet design and fabrication project, or our other high quality manufacturing capabilities please see the table below or contact us directly.

Cold Rolled Steel Lateral Filing Cabinets Project Highlights

Project NameLateral Filing Cabinet
Project DescriptionWith customer input, design and build 2 Lateral Filing Cabinets, of which one that would be sent to China along with SolidWorks Models so that the Chinese manufacturer could duplicate Fabco Manufacturing's design and quality. The second prototype was kept in the US for reference.
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Product Design – SolidWorks Models and Drawings
  • Shearing

  • Punching

  • Forming

  • TIG Welding

  • Grinding

Powder Coating
Assembly – Hardware Insertion
Sourcing of Secondary Parts for Assembly
Overall Part Dimensions Width: 48”
Depth: 30”
Height: 60”
Material UsedCold Rolled Steel
  • Thickness: 20ga, 18ga and 14ga

Material Finish Powder coat
In process testing/inspection performed First Article Inspection, Dimensional Inspection, Functionality Testing
Industry for UseOffice Furniture
Volume2 pc prototypes
Delivery/Turnaround Time2 Weeks
Delivery LocationChina
Standards MetCustomer Specifications, 2D CAD Drawing
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