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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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What Goes Into the Cost of Steel Tube Fabrication?

When it comes to steel tube fabrication, the cost of the final product is about more than just raw material prices. When determining the cost of steel tubing per foot, manufacturers consider...

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Aluminum vs. Steel Properties: Strength, Ductility, Cost & Weight

Both aluminum and steel are hallmarks of metal manufacturing. Both are useful, commonly used metals. Both don't commonly appear nature like silver or gold. So who wins the battle of aluminum vs....

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5 US Manufacturing Trends in 2019: Technology, Reshoring, & More

During the lean years of industrial production in 2016 and 2017, experts wondered aloud whether US manufacturing trends would ever show signs of hope again. In 2018 and the first half of 2019,...

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The Cost to Powder Coat Vs. Paint

What's cheaper: the cost to powder coat or paint? (Spoiler alert: By our calculations, powder coating is more affordable in the long run.)

Here are some of the factors that affect the cost of...

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ASTM A500 Vs A513 Tubing: What’s the Difference?

Though the term "steel" is often tossed around when referring to various types of building and engineering materials, you already know there are many different types of steels. That said, we...

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Aluminum Powder Coated Tubing: Good or Bad Idea?

Manufacturers -- at least the ones who aren’t intentionally making a cheap piece of crap -- go through all sorts of tricks to ensure product longevity. From a physical standpoint, there are two...

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Laser Cutting Vs. Die Cutting

For just about any metal fabrication project that requires cutting, laser cutting and die cutting are going to be at the top of the list for OEMs. The modern advances of laser cutting offer...

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Aluminum Grades Chart PDF -- Types of Aluminum

When it comes to choosing the right grade of aluminum for a particular application, it’s best to play it by the numbers. That’s why this post contains a handy aluminum grades chart you can use to...

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5 Tips for Outsourcing to Appliance Handle Manufacturers

OEM appliance makers have a load of concerns on their minds when producing a design. They need to create an appliance that looks great, works efficiently, is the right size, and doesn’t cost too...

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