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7 Ways to Reduce Manufacturing Costs With a Sheet Metal Fabricator

Here’s a shocker: There are manufacturers around who actually want you to pay less for their sheet metal fabrication services. Before your head starts spinning, you should know they won’t lose...

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303 Vs 304 Vs 316 Stainless: Comparing the Most Popular Steels

So you have a project, and you want to use a familiar, readily available material. You know your decision boils down to 303 vs 304 vs 316 stainless steel. You want an end product of the best...

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A Metal Manufacturing Cost Model Can Streamline Your Process

Cutting, bending, joining: There are many ways to produce your metal project. Design for manufacturability (DFM) techniques help optimize the design, but only if used with a manufacturing cost...

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5 US Manufacturing Trends in 2018: Tariffs, Jobs & More

During the lean years of industrial production in 2016 and 2017, experts wondered aloud whether US manufacturing trends would ever show signs of hope again. But in 2017 and the first half of 2018,...

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Aluminum Grades Chart PDF -- Types of Aluminum

When it comes to choosing the right grade of aluminum for a particular application, it’s best to play it by the numbers. That’s why this post contains a handy aluminum grades chart you can use to...

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Is Progressive Stamping Better Than Regular Stamping?

In metal manufacturing, the secret to success is using the right process for the job. You base your production decisions -- as should your vendor -- on cost, time, materials, and end product...

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Industrial Powder Coating Costs: Factors & What to Expect

You know it, we know it: Costs are always an issue when planning a manufacturing project. If your project includes metalwork, then finishing is probably one of those costs. Often, industrial...

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304 Vs 316 Stainless Steel Cost Comparison

The design engineer who sets a list of specifications for a particular design and the professional buyer who purchases the components have many similar needs. Both want to produce a quality...

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Best Aluminum Finish for Corrosion Protection

Aluminum. It's lightweight, malleable, and strong. It's used in a lot of manufacturing projects because it offers these properties at a modest cost. But without the appropriate aluminum finish,...

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Types of Metal Finishing: Practically Every Process Ever

You're racing to the end of your project, and it's down to the finish. But metal finishing can mean so many things. Various types of metal finishing are used to “treat” the exterior of your part...

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