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Refractory Metals

When it’s really hot, it seems like your energy and strength just get sapped.  Metals used in high...

What Are Cobalt-Based Metals?

Cobalt Metal Properties Cobalt based metals are alloyed with chrome, nickel, and tungsten. Due to the high cost...

Material Applications: Corrosion Types

No engineering alloy is immune to corrosion; each has its own corrosion rate depending on the environment in...

Material Applications: Wear Resistance

Wear is probably the most common cause of material replacement in the industry. Bushings and bearings are common...

Nickel-Based Alloys

About 60% of the nickel in the world ends up as a component of stainless steel. It is...

Copper Based Alloys – An Overview

How strong is copper? Depending on which copper-based alloy you chose, you can achieve the strength of steel,...

Basics of Casting 101

MetalTek offers more metal casting process diversity. Your ability to source centrifugal, sand, investment, HPLT, or continuous cast...

What is Sand Casting and How Does It Work?

Sand Casting The oldest known casting process, sand casting can be traced back to earlier than 1000 B.C. Process...

Sand Casting Process: Advantages and Limitations

Benefits of Using Sand Casting 1. Nearly any alloy: Sand castings can be readily produced in nearly any...

Metal Casting vs. Metal Forging: 5 Things to Consider

While metal casting might be the best process to manufacture a wide range of components, depending on your...

What Are Ferrous Alloys?

Ferrous alloys or metals are metals that consist mostly of iron (Fe). Steel is an iron-based alloy containing...

Material Applications: Heat Resistance

By way of definition, heat resistant applications typically occur above 1200°F/670°C and require the use of materials that...