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3 Common Types of Sand Used in Sand Casting

Sand casting is a versatile and cost-effective solution for the creation of metal parts. In fact, most metal...
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What Is Rust And How To Prevent It

Rust, the reddish-brown culprit that silently creeps onto many metal surfaces, is a phenomenon that has plagued ferrous...
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The Beginners Guide to Metal Casting Defects

Metal casting is one of the most widely utilized methods of producing metal parts. Like any process, if...
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How To Choose a Metal Casting Supplier for the Petrochemical Industry

Planned turnarounds are regular occurrences in the life cycle of a petrochemical plant. Every few years, a plant...
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304 vs. 316 Stainless Steel: Which One Is Better?

Stainless steel is one of the world's leading metals in various applications. It provides exceptional corrosion resistance, durability,...
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Will Aluminum Rust or Corrode?

Aluminum does not rust but it can corrode. What is the difference between rust and corrosion? Rust and...
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The 101 On Thermal Conductivity In Metal Alloys

One crucial property to understand in metalworking is thermal conductivity. The simplest definition of thermal conductivity is a...
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A Guide to Different Types of Bronze Alloys

Introduction Bronze is a copper-based alloy that has been valued throughout history for its versatility, durability, and attractive...
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Comparing Costs for Investment Casting, Sand Casting, and Centrifugal Casting

When considering the production of complex metal components, it is important to evaluate the costs associated with different...
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Experiencing Supply Chain Issues With Your Current Investment Casting Supplier?

Are you experiencing supply chain issues with your current metal manufacturing vendors?  In today’s marketplace, long lead times,...
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Tooling for Investment Casting: What Is The Process and How Does It Work?

Investment casting (also known as lost-wax casting) is a common manufacturing process used to create metal parts with...
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What Is Low Alloy Steel?

What Is Low Alloy Steel? In general, there are two categories of steel: Low alloy steel Stainless steel...
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Die Casting vs. Investment Casting vs. Sand Casting

Casting is a manufacturing process of pouring molten metal into a mold to create a desired shape. Once...
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Copper vs. Brass vs. Bronze – The Difference Between Alloys

Copper vs. Brass vs. Bronze At MetalTek, one of the elements we work with is copper.  The two...
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Metal Casting Inspection Methods: What They Tell and What the Limitations Are

Metal casting is precise and process orientated. With countless variables potentially affecting the result, casting inspection procedures must...
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Ferrous vs. Non-Ferrous Metals

From skyscrapers to naval propulsion systems, from automotive parts to petrochemical furnace tubes, there is no shortage of...
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Stainless Steel VS Aluminum Castings: When To Use Each

Selecting the best metal alloy for your components can be challenging. Two popular choices are aluminum and steel,...
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Take The Metal Casting Quiz: Beginner Level

Think you know a lot about metal casting? Take our beginner level casting quiz and find out. Once...
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Take The Metal Casting Quiz: Expert Level

Think you know a lot about metal casting? Take our expert level casting quiz and let's see. Once...
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