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3 Common Types of Sand Used in Sand Casting

February 20, 2024

Sand casting is a versatile and cost-effective solution for the creation of metal parts. In fact, most metal components can be manufactured using the sand casting method. Sometimes called sand mold casting, sand casting is a great process for small or large-volume orders. To learn more about the various steps of sand casting process, check…

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Rusty Metal Tube

What Is Rust And How To Prevent It

January 23, 2024

Rust, the reddish-brown culprit that silently creeps onto many metal surfaces, is a phenomenon that has plagued ferrous metals for centuries. More specifically, it is a problem that impacts metals containing iron. This natural process occurs when metals containing iron react with oxygen and moisture in the environment. Rust can be detrimental to structural integrity…

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The Beginners Guide to Metal Casting Defects

January 12, 2024

Metal casting is one of the most widely utilized methods of producing metal parts. Like any process, if not conducted carefully, defects can occur. Defects compromise the integrity and quality of the final metal product and come in a wide variety. Foundry experts can perform various tests to ensure defects are discovered and corrected. However,…

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Hydrogen Reforming

How To Choose a Metal Casting Supplier for the Petrochemical Industry

December 12, 2023

Planned turnarounds are regular occurrences in the life cycle of a petrochemical plant. Every few years, a plant goes offline for a few weeks to upgrade capital equipment, perform regular maintenance, or improve worker safety. These activities cannot take place while a plant is operational. When properly executed, a planned turnaround limits the downtime and…

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Metal Castings

304 vs. 316 Stainless Steel: Which One Is Better?

December 6, 2023

Stainless steel is one of the world’s leading metals in various applications. It provides exceptional corrosion resistance, durability, and aesthetic appeal. While the name suggests that it is impervious to everything, stainless steel is still susceptible to problems metals face, like rust and corrosion. The critical difference is its longevity to withstand elements without showing…

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Corrosion on aluminum part.

Will Aluminum Rust or Corrode?

November 1, 2023

Aluminum does not rust but it can corrode. What is the difference between rust and corrosion? Rust and corrosion, while often used interchangeably, represent distinct phenomena. Corrosion is the broader term, referring to the gradual degradation of metal through chemical reactions. On the other hand, rust refers to the oxidation of iron-based alloys like steel,…

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The 101 On Thermal Conductivity In Metal Alloys

September 27, 2023

One crucial property to understand in metalworking is thermal conductivity. The simplest definition of thermal conductivity is a material’s ability to transfer or conduct heat from one location to another efficiently. A more technical definition from Science Direct is, “Thermal conductivity can be defined as the rate at which heat is transferred by conduction through…

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A Guide to Different Types of Bronze Alloys

August 15, 2023

Introduction Bronze is a copper-based alloy that has been valued throughout history for its versatility, durability, and attractive nature. Bronze is composed primarily of copper with various combinations of tin, zinc, lead, and aluminum. This combination also produces brass. Brass contains a larger amount of zinc than tin, while bronze contains larger amounts of tin…

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Comparing Costs for Investment Casting, Sand Casting, and Centrifugal Casting

June 27, 2023

When considering the production of complex metal components, it is important to evaluate the costs associated with different metal casting methods.  There are several factors that go into “all-in” costs. These factors include tooling and tooling maintenance, material costs and machining. Below is a comparison of the all-in costs of three popular metal casting processes:…

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Experiencing Supply Chain Issues With Your Current Investment Casting Supplier?

May 30, 2023

Are you experiencing supply chain issues with your current metal manufacturing vendors?  In today’s marketplace, long lead times, poor customer service, and material shortages are becoming the new normal for many companies. Feel free to pick your reason for why this is happening, but does it matter?  You, as a customer, simply care about a…

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