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316 Stainless Steel: A Must for Corrosion Protection, or Can You Go Cheaper?

Many know 316 stainless steel as the go-to metal for heavy-duty applications. It’s tough, corrosion-resistant, and … expensive.

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Manual Vs. CNC Bending: Improve Your Project Efficiency

For decades, manual bending was the standard for reliability in tube production. Today, some old-school engineers still cherish the simplicity of a purely mechanical tool. Yet most tubular steel...

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Are You Mixing Up Machinability Vs. Weldability? Big Mistake

You should always approach choosing a metal based on which properties matter most for your project. Say you need a metal that’s easy to cut by machine, but can also be welded super-smoothly.

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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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Carbon Steel Grades Chart in Easy PDF Form

Carbon steel is a misleading term -- all steel has carbon in it. Likewise, it’s hard not only to keep track of what’s considered carbon steel, but also which grades possess the qualities your...

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303 vs 304 Stainless Steel Properties Comparison: Which Is Better?

Chances are you know about 304 stainless steel, which accounts for 50% of all stainless steel in existence. Despite its superior popularity, 304 often gets lumped in with 303 stainless steel...

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The Cost of Steel & How Involving a Vendor Tightens Your Supply Chain

The cost of steel is more complicated than you might think. Steel is a global commodity, and its price varies daily.

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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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