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SS Vs. SUS … Is There a Difference? Yes and No

Scientists and engineers have a habit of giving weird names to things, or at least struggling to align them universally. Stainless steel is no different. A common question we see on metalworking...

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Is Steel Still Cheaper Than Aluminum?

Metals like steel and aluminum, while crucial to many applications, have a glaring issue. They’re particularly susceptible to market fluctuations, prone to potential scarcity and sociopolitical...

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Fertilizer Spreader Manufacturers: Should You Use Metal or Plastic?

Metal or plastic? That's the question many ask when designing -- or buying -- fertilizer spreader blades and parts. And while both materials are viable options that can contribute to a great end...

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The Benefits of Laser Cutting in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Metal cutting techniques fall into three broad categories:

  • Manual tools
  • Machine cutting
  • Burning/welding tech (such as laser cutting)

All have their uses in sheet metal fabrication, though there...

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What Is HSS Tube Steel? Properties, Uses, & More

HSS tube steel has a great strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it an ideal resource in a variety of construction applications.

You may have heard it called by any of several other names, so ...

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CNC Bending: Everything You Need to Know

What is CNC bending, and why should the old-fashioned OEM manufacturer care about it? The short answer comes down to just two points.

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4 Tips From a Blade Manufacturer to Make Knife Maintenance Easy

Knife maintenance generates some confusion among kitchen knife set owners. If you are a knife manufacturer, you’re hopefully aware of the potential misunderstandings of knife steel -- mainly the ...

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5 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Starting as early as 1967, laser cutting proved to be a versatile and efficient means of fabricating sheet metal. Currently, it's still one of the most cost-effective and precise methods of sheet...

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Galvanized Vs Powder Coated: Cost & Other Considerations

To powder coat or not to powder coat. … Whether ‘tis better to galvanize steel ...

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Mild Steel Vs Aluminum: 5 Differences You Should Care About

In metal fabrication and manufacturing, material choice can make a big difference in real-world outcomes. One comparison you’ve probably made before is mild steel vs aluminum.

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