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Take The Metallurgy Quiz: Beginner Level

July 9, 2022

Think you know a lot about metal? Take our beginner level quiz and find out. Once you finish the quiz, please take our expert level quiz. Oh yeah, no time to “Google” the question because you have limited time to select an answer.

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Ferrous Metal

Take The Metallurgy Quiz: Expert Level

June 24, 2022

Do you think you are an expert in metallurgy? Take our expert level quiz and let’s see. Once you finish the quiz, please take our metal casting quiz. You have limited time to select an answer so no time to “Google” the question.

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Heat Treatment

Heat Treatment for Metals

May 24, 2022

What is Heat Treatment? Heat treatment is a thermal process that accomplishes three primary improvements to the material properties of metal castings: Improving mechanical properties Enhancing corrosion resistance Reducing residual stresses The heat treatment process begins with heating the metal casting to the desired temperature before cooling the metal in a controlled way to achieve…

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Meat Production

Seven Examples Of Metal Castings Saving The Customer Money

May 11, 2022

Centrifugal Casting Reduced Machine And Casting Scrap The valve cage regulates and helps control the flow of fluid through a valve.  When supplied as a static sand casting, defects in the valve cage were often not discovered until much machining had been completed.  The results were high scrap rates and cost.  Working with the customer,…

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3D Metal Printing

3D Metal Printing and Metal Casting

May 6, 2022

As 3D metal printing becomes more commercially viable, it is tempting to assume that it represents a direct and immediate threat to traditional metal casting processes.  However, like any technology 3D printing has advantages and disadvantages compared to competing processes.  This article reviews the advantages and disadvantages of using 3D printing to produce metal components…

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What You May Not Know About MetalTek

What You May Not Know About MetalTek

April 19, 2022

MetalTek exists for the expressed purpose of Making A Lasting Difference.  This purpose is supported by four core values and corresponding beliefs.  The formal articulation of these values, beliefs, and behaviors is relatively new but the culture they represent goes back decades.  MetalTek can trace its history to the opening of Carondelet Foundry in St.…

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MetalTek On-Site Hiring Event

MetalTek To Hold On-Site Hiring Event on Thursday, April 21 in Waukesha, WI

April 7, 2022

MetakTek is thrilled to announce that our Wisconsin Centrifugal Division will hold an on-site hiring event on Thursday, April 21 from 10 AM to 6 PM at 905 East Saint Paul Avenue in Waukesha, WI. We are excited to meet potential new employees at the event. MetalTek has an excellent employee safety record, a vibrant…

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Sand Casting

What to Consider in Metal Casting Design

March 28, 2022

From large projects to small production runs, selecting the appropriate metal casting process to achieve the desired design can be difficult.  MetalTek focuses on three primary metal casting processes: centrifugal casting, sand casting, and investment casting.  Each comes with numerous design considerations ranging from overall shape to surface finish to dimensional tolerance.  This article focuses…

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Port Containers

Domestic Sourcing vs. International Sourcing of Metal Castings

March 1, 2022

When a North American manufacturer considers where to source metal castings, the choice typically involves domestic sourcing (North America) versus international sourcing (outside North America).  There are several considerations when making this decision as a customer.  These considerations can range from cost to the overall nature of the supplier relationship. The choice is not typically…

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Investment Casting Parts

Considerations When Specifying and Purchasing Metal Castings

February 14, 2022

Metal casting is a complex process that requires numerous considerations when purchasing, including casting design, the metal casting process to be used, and quality control factors.  Ultimately, there are many considerations in metal casting and there is no “one size fits all” solution.  Therefore, we developed an outline of the various considerations when a customer…

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