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The Cost of Laser Cutting Steel Sheet Metal Vs. Waterjet Cutting

Laser cutting and waterjet cutting are both high-tech, highly accurate forms of sheet metal fabrication. However, there is one clear winner when you compare the cost of laser cutting steel (or...

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Why CustomPartNet Rules as a Manufacturing Cost Estimation Tool & More

When it comes to part fabrication, there are so many variables that need to be considered. You have to come up with a manufacturing cost estimation, the best material to use, the optimal...

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316 vs 316L Stainless Steel: What's the Difference?

What's the difference between 316 vs 316L stainless steel? The answer is surprisingly simple.

It's the carbon content316 stainless steel has a max carbon content of 0.08%. 316L stainless has a...

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8 Easy Ways to Save Money on CNC Bending Orders

If you need pipe or tube bending services, there's probably a bending company in your area that can pull it off. But just because a bender can meet your specifications doesn't mean you should...

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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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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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