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Benefits of CNC Tube Bending Services vs. Joint Welding

CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery has revolutionized the manufacturing industry. All repetitive fabrications - including stamping, cutting, bending, and punching - can now be...

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Bead Blast vs Sand Blast: Which is Better for Your Project?

There are many types of abrasive blasting services, including: glass bead, sand, water, and wheel are a few others. Abrasive blasting is used to remove rust, dirt, old paint, and any other residue...

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13 Ways You Can Reduce Metal Stamping Costs

Metal stamping can be quite pricey, especially for prototype products that require low-volume, short production runs. If you're in the middle of metal stamping cost estimating, here are a few...

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Tube Bending Design Guidelines: Tight Tolerances Aren't All Good

A tight tolerance sounds great from a design engineer's perspective. It forces the manufacturer to put out product that matches your specifications exactly. It ensures each part is nearly...

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6 Tube Bending Tips for Tubular Steel Products

The design of a tubular steel part is much more important than the actual bending of the metal. The bending machine and its operator merely follow the instructions determined by the engineer who...

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Laser Cutting Vs. Waterjet Cost for Steel Sheet Metal

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 laser cutting vs. waterjet cost-wise. 

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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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What Can a Metal Forming Company Do? 7 Metal Manufacturing Processes

You want your supply chain to be as short and sweet as possible. That means you need to know exactly which metal manufacturing processes to plan for. You should also circle back with your metal...

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