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Katana helps steel fabricators organize inventory, monitor costs, and reach customers easily

Use Katana cloud manufacturing platform as your steel fabrication estimating software to save money and gain time daily.


Refine your sheet metal fabrication processes by automating daily tasks and integrating your business into one platform

Grow your business in the fabrication industry with Katana manufacturing software helping make production planning clear and allowing you to increase and potentially diversify your sheet metal fabrication business.

Live inventory management

Always have a view of your raw materials, know what’s available and what’s needed and keep sheet metal estimating going smoothly.

Real-time master planning

With a full view of your business in one place, production planning can prioritize high-demand items, and you can predict turnaround time easier to set customer expectations.

Shop Floor App

Manage your warehouse team with our shop floor app, so they know which bill of materials to prioritize, and track when products are made and shipped.

Accurate costing

Use our moving average cost feature to track the cost of raw materials over time, and manage your fabrication costs and any other processing costs accordingly.

Accounting integrations

Track and manage your company finances with the software you choose – we integrate with QuickBooks Online and Xero, and our API allows you to connect to other providers.

Shipping integrations

Reach potential customers across the world with one of our two excellent shipping partners.

Get a clear view of your sheet metal and steel projects within Katana, increase production, and decrease admin

To give yourself the best opportunity for growth and success in the metal fabrication industry, you need to have well-defined processes, smartly managed costs, and top-quality end products. Katana can help with this.

As a steel fabrication estimating software, Katana brings your manufacturing process into the light, so you can track your raw metals through the fabrication process into being complete products and then sold and shipped. You can also integrate crucial elements of your business, including e-commerce, accounting, and shipping, to get a better view of your company data and make informed decisions about ways to alter or grow production.

Prioritize the right raw materials, and decrease turnaround time with better planning

Prior to the production process of your sheet metal fabrication, you’ll need to create a bill of materials for each product you’re producing. Within Katana, this is made as easy as possible, as bills of materials (BOMs) are highly customizable, including the option to include production notes and create variants for each product. Once your BOMs are created, your warehouse team can get to work on production, and you can use Katana to calculate your processing costs, looking at the moving average cost of your raw materials, and the costs of your daily running. This should help to prioritize and alter workflows over time.

Steel fabricators can also then alter their estimating processes with the greater data available to them through Katana’s platform, potentially saving money and time daily.

Use native integrations for smart financial and document management

Managing your company’s finances well is crucial in every manufacturing industry, including steel fabrication. And along with adjusting the costs of your completed structural steel products, you’ll also want to make sure your company accounts are well looked after. Katana offers direct integration with both QuickBooks Online and Xero, and our API can be used to integrate other accounting software options. We also offer automatic generation of purchase and sales orders within Katana, so your documentation is always taken care of without any manual intervention.

With fabrication costs managed, you can focus on reaching customers using one of our many e-commerce integrations and completing their deliveries with your choice of shipping partner. Katana offers an ideal option as a steel fabrication estimating software for all metalwork manufacturers.

Get a demo and see Katana in action

  • Eliminate stockouts with Katana
  • Easily manage incoming orders from all your sales channels
  • Track products available for sale

Learn more about our plans and the features they come with

  • Plans starting from $179 / month
  • Annual and monthly billing options
  • Add users and warehouses as you grow

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Create custom API integrations

Use Katana’s open API to create custom workflows and connect to apps beyond our list of integrations. Automate data transfers between the services you use to level up efficiency. Take a look at our API documentation to learn more.

Steel fabrication estimating software FAQs

The timeline can vary, but you should be able to get up and running within a couple of days. Katana offers a well-presented platform, and has an extensive Knowledge Base with lots of video guides to help you get started.

Absolutely – our case study section offers some of our successful user stories so far, and you can look at our features and pricing pages to help you compare products before making an ultimate software selection.

Finally, you can reach out to our sales team if you’d like a guided demo, or a chat about how Katana could help your business specifically.

Get visibility over your sales and stock

Wave goodbye to uncertainty by using Katana Cloud Inventory for total inventory control