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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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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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Sandblasting and Powder Coating Cost: What to Expect

In the metal manufacturing world, the amount you’ll pay for powder coating or sandblasting (a general term that doesn’t account for other blasting methods) varies. A lot.

For example, average ...

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The 6 Stages of the Sheet Metal Manufacturing Process

Sheet metal is one of the most common materials used in metalworking and has been used in one form or another for 1,000 of years. Even though sheet metal is found in everything from industrial...

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