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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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Best Aluminum Finish for Corrosion Protection

Aluminum. It's lightweight, malleable, and strong. It's used in a lot of manufacturing projects because it offers these properties at a modest cost. But without the appropriate aluminum finish,...

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Tooling Made Easy on Your Total Manufacturing Cost

Many people involved with the purchasing process stress over the best method of tool production and how it will impact their total manufacturing cost.

Well, it’s important to get tooling right....

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316 Stainless Steel: A Must for Corrosion Protection, or Can You Go Cheaper?

Many know 316 stainless steel as the go-to metal for heavy-duty applications. It’s tough, corrosion-resistant, and … expensive.

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SS Vs. SUS … Is There a Difference? Yes and No

Scientists and engineers have a habit of giving weird names to things, or at least struggling to align them universally. Stainless steel is no different. A common question we see on metalworking...

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Carbon Steel Grades Chart in Easy PDF Form

Carbon steel is a misleading term -- all steel has carbon in it. Likewise, it’s hard not only to keep track of what’s considered carbon steel, but also which grades possess the qualities your...

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303 Vs. 304 Stainless Steel: What's Best for Your Project?

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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The Cost of Steel & How Involving a Vendor Tightens Your Supply Chain

The cost of steel is more complicated than you might think. Steel is a global commodity, and its price varies daily.

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304 Vs. 304L Stainless Steel for Industrial or Commercial Projects

In terms of popularity, 304 grade is the reigning champion of austenitic stainless steels. But there’s a challenger called 304L with its own merits for commercial and industrial projects. So, who...

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Best Stainless Steel Grades for Machine and Laser Cutting

Stainless steels can be readily cut using a variety of methods. An old standby is machine cutting, while laser cutting is a more modern offering. But have you ever wondered if your favorite...

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