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304 Vs. 304L Stainless Steel for Industrial or Commercial Projects

In terms of popularity, 304 grade is the reigning champion of austenitic stainless steels. But there’s a challenger called 304L with its own merits for commercial and industrial projects. So, who...

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Best Stainless Steel Grades for Machine and Laser Cutting

Stainless steels can be readily cut using a variety of methods. An old standby is machine cutting, while laser cutting is a more modern offering. But have you ever wondered if your favorite...

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Stainless Steel Grades Chart PDF -- Types of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a material with tons to offer. Its popularity also means there are seemingly a million different stainless steel grades. (Actually, there a few hundred.)

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304 or 316 Stainless Steel Tubing? 3 Differences that Decide Your Project’s Success

You may already know the most common stainless steel grades in manufacturing: 304 and 316. But what’s behind their popularity? The success of your stainless steel tubing project may depend on you...

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One of Today’s Most Unpredictable Cons of Offshoring Your Manufacturing

China may not be the land of the rising sun, but it is the land of the rising steel prices. In today’s economic landscape, the price of steel is one of the biggest cons of offshoring your metal...

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Beware One of the Sneakiest Cons of Offshoring Your Manufacturing

The pros of outsourcing manufacturing overseas are well documented. Labor is cheap, regulations are looser -- you’ve probably heard them all. The cons of offshoring? Not so obvious.

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These 4 Traits Make a Sheet Metal Laser Cutting Company a Good Investment

Putting your faith in another business to pull off your project shouldn’t be a source of stress. Your sheet metal-based vision can get much clearer by tapping the right laser cutting company.

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Bead Blasting Services Vs. In-House: 4 Cost Considerations

Bead blasting is celebrated (or at least it should be!) as a low-cost way to clean or remove surface deposits and increase a metal’s looks and surface properties. Bead blasting services are great...

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Is Aluminum Tubing Right for Your Application?

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You know aluminum. You love aluminum. It’s your brain’s automatic go-to when you start an engineering project and need materials. But is aluminum tubing...

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Hand and Robotic Welding Services: 3 Ways They’re Worlds Apart

Like landline to smartphone, Blockbuster to Netflix, or newspaper to digital edition, we’ve witnessed a gradual shift in technology from hand welding to robotic welding services. The manual method...

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