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CNC Bending: Everything You Need to Know

What is CNC bending, and why should the old-fashioned OEM manufacturer care about it? The short answer comes down to just two points.

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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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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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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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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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Custom Tubing Production in All Shapes & Sizes -- at an Economical Price

Tube production, bending, and fabrication are processes critical to many metal projects. Chances are, if you need a custom tubing solution, you also need it to fit the boss’s budget. Perhaps...

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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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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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