Get the lead out. You might expect a sculpture of #2 pencils to be fabricated in our wood shop, unless the pencils are 7' to 10' long and made to withstand the outdoor elements of the Pacific Northwest.
These pencils are fabricated with stainless steel from the "lead" point up to the ferrule. The erasers will be fabricated with fiberglass and then a durable automotive paint finish will be applied to seal the deal. You can see the end result in our Portfolio under "Public Art".
What do these four guys have in common besides facial hair? (Hint: open the thumbnail to see the four guys). They're all standing on the framework of what will be a stylized tree lookout platform when completed.
It's just one part of a really cool climbing structure we designed, fabricated and installed for an "Urban Adventure Course" at a local recreational facility.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave - This panel is one of many made to be suspended from the ceiling of casino lounge to form a decorative canopy over a circular bar.
When first we practice to deceive!
You might think the panel is made from woven wood with tree limbs as crossbars, but in reality, it’s all metal, all the time.
Types of metal - Steel, aluminum, stainless steel, red iron, black iron, square tube, round tube, super extra heavy, Schedule 40-300 pipe, galvanized, angle iron, channel, I-beam, plate, rod, and dare we say "RE-BAR" -There's no metal we haven't used, or won't try!
Types of processes...
Weld, braise, saute, bend, brake, roll, form, torch, cut, chop, dice, slice, TIG, MIG, WIG, spin, dance, rivet, mill, cast, grind, hammer, tap, and ballet. There's no metal dance we can't do!
We're cutting edge - Sparks start flying when we cut metal! They’re flying when we weld metal too! As a matter of fact, on any given day if you don’t see sparks flying in our metal shop, something must be terribly wrong.
It’s a necessity
Just think, if we didn’t cut metal, none of our projects would fit inside a shipping truck.
Milling about - We have a myriad of tools that can do amazing things with metal. Actually, people are doing it, but the tools put to use many centuries of physics principles like leverage and motion, not to mention the screw.
About our Mill.
Yes, we are well aware it’s a Bridgeport precision Mill with a DRO, but you might be surprised to know that it has a pre-strata-portifier (driven on the X axis).
Big deal - Our team of metal fabricators did a fantastic job building this steel rocket ship gantry. If we got paid by how much this weighed, we'd be loaded!
Tons of fun
This 7-ton rocket gantry was so heavy we had to use two chain hoists and a forklift to move it around our shop; even when it was in pieces. "Strong like bull!"
Shiny but not wet - We rolled all of the steel components for this metal fish on our mechanical pipe bender.
The crowning touch
Created as a decorative sculpture for a mall in Moscow, Russia, the Golden Fish is based on a Russian folktale. Our client was Ikea. There. Now that’ll take you a while to figure out.
A basket case - This huge steel basket was a tree base for the 35-foot tall Holiday tree at the Walnut Room in Marshall Field’s flagship store in Chicago.
Try storing these decorations in the attic!
It’s just like making a little basket; only big. Oh, and we use grinders and drills and welders and lots of steel and then there are lots of sparks...
Tree Surgeon - How do you get 5 tons of cold hard steel and a spiral slide inside a life size Strangler Fig tree?
That’s OUR problem.
This tree was fabricated in large sections to allow for efficient shipping and installation. Each section started with a structural armature covered with metal mesh. We then applied an embossed epoxy texture, which was realistically painted.
Ooooh, Shiny! - Think you're a tough guy? Think again. Metal is tougher. Way tougher.
At Dillon Works, we can cut, bend, braze, weld, plasma cut, form, tap and drill just about any type of metal, including stainless steel, brass, aluminum, steel, bronze and copper.
Know the real reason the Roman Empire fell? Not enough metal.
If the Egyptians had built the pyramids out of metal, they'd have gone up a darn sight quicker and wouldn't look so crumbly today.
Teamwork - Imagine building something like this all by yourself. Really. Go ahead. It's not very easy, is it?
NASA would be proud!
It's easier to imagine that WE built it, because you have this picture as proof. These are gantry legs for a 35-foot tall rocket that weighs 11 tons. While it’s doubtful we’ll get more than a dumb old paper certificate, we've applied for honorary status as the "Eighth Wonder of the World" for this project!
Old growth structural steel - This is the internal support structure for just one branch of a 40-foot tall tree we built for a play area in Chicago.
Structural engineering is frequently required on large elements we fabricate. We do this so that the world is a safer place. Value engineering is also frequently required. We do this so the client gets more bang for their buck. We could all use a little more engineering.
Enlightening - We often build multiples of an element. Take these light fixtures for example. We created a number of custom light fixtures for a home theater.
Many hands make light work
How often have you looked through a lighting catalog and said, “I see a lot of light fixtures, but none of them are like what I have pictured in my mind”. Well, just tell us what you picture and we’ll build it for you.