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Feb
13

Custom CNC Machining Shop Offers Prototyping Services

Custom CNC Machining Shop Offers Prototyping Services Do you have an idea for a better product? Maybe you’d like to make some major upgrades or improvements to your current products. You may spend a great deal of time in the research and development process, and this can take up most of your company resources. In fact, you may not have what it takes (in your budget) to bring your new ideas to market. That’s where a trusted CNC machining service can help you with prototyping. How does this work? Let’s look a little closer to see. You Have an Idea You know what you want in your new part or product. Now you (or someone in your employ) needs to put this down on paper. You may want to make drawings and list all of the specs you want. Everything may look good on paper, but before you take this to production (and spend a lot of time and money on re-tooling), you’ll want to have a working model for testing and examination. This is where prototyping enters the picture. A prototype is an exact model of the new product you are planning to produce. It doesn’t have to be metal. In fact, many excellent prototypes are made from plastic to save you on costs. After testing, you may have to make some changes and produce more prototypes until you get it right. Benefits of Using a Custom CNC Machining Service Your custom machine shop can take care of the entire process. They have experienced engineers that assist you with the designing process. Thanks to modern technology, they can take advantage of 3D software that lets you see your new parts before they are created. Your custom CNC machining service can save you a lot of money with your R&D projects. In fact, they can even handle the manufacturing, so you don’t have to use your own equipment or workers. Be the first to like. Like...
Aug
16

Custom Cut Aluminum Sheet: Using the Perfect Metal

Custom Cut Aluminum Sheet: Using the Perfect Metal Some consider aluminum the “perfect” metal. Proof of its popularity is evident. Every year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American packaging and container industry utilizes approximately 2 million tons of aluminum. As the third most plentiful chemical element, it is easy to obtain. Its mechanical and physical characteristics also make it popular in the production of many different items. Companies can also request custom cut aluminum sheet. This makes it very popular among fabrication shops and metal workers. Why Call Aluminum the “Perfect” Metal? Aluminum in sheet or other form possesses certain ideal qualities for metalworking. Whether a company orders off-the-rack or custom cut aluminum sheet the metal possesses the following characteristics: * Easy formability * Hardness * High corrosion resistance * Non-toxicity * Non-magnetic * Low density – therefore extremely lightweight * Superior conductivity, joining and reflectivity Aluminum is also readily available. Some common aluminum sheets are 3003, 5052 and 6061. They come in different gauges including as thin as 032″ thick as a thick as ¼”. Custom Cut Aluminum Sheet Aluminum is viewed as a “perfect” metal. Indeed, it does possess many qualities fabricators, and metal workers see as beneficial. It is easy to work with, durable, strong, non-magnetic and corrosion-resistant. Just as is important is its low impact on the environment. Aluminum is easily recyclable. This also makes it very attractive to those concerned with earth and its resource base. However, those who work with metal must focus on functionality and productivity. As an easy metal to form, fabricators utilize aluminum in producing parts for many different industries. These range from the aerospace components to cutlery. In many instances, they face the need to provide the right shape, size, weight or thickness of sheet metal for a specific project. When this occurs, they can and do request custom cut aluminum sheet to provide them with the ideal basis for any project. Be the first to like. Like...
Jun
2

Services Provided By A Zinc Plating Company

Services Provided By A Zinc Plating Company Finishing products for functional use and improved longevity are the goals of many manufacturing concerns. To reach it, they adopt a variety of procedures. Among the many common methods is electroplating. Today’s manufacturing sector depends heavily on the services a plating company provides to improve the components and, therefore, the final products their factory sell to consumers and other clients. Zinc Electroplating Companies Electroplating grants the base or substrate metal surface with certain qualities. Zinc is a favorite metal for its ability to provide several crucial characteristics. These include, but are not limited to the following: Corrosive resistance- both marine and environmental Durability Longevity Affordability A zinc plating company understand this and knows how to apply zinc and zinc alloys to create a product that meets the highest expectations and exacting specifications of their clients. Plating Services Zinc plating, as provided by many companies, is more than a singular service. The best plating companies offer options as well as value-added services. They consult their clients and discuss the best possible solutions. They even offer specialized services not readily or easily addressed by mass or standard plating methods. A full-service zinc electroplating company will have a list of options that includes the following: Zinc plating Zinc alloy plating including zinc-nickel, zinc iron and zinc chromate Different plating options e.g. barrel plating, rack plating, manual plating and/or automated plating Trivalent Passivation Application of Sealers or Topcoats Other possible services include barcoding, masking, special packaging sorting and inspection and truck transportation. Plating Company Services Plating is a growing concern. Zinc and its alloys are becoming popular coatings for various industries – particularly those who utilize steel and iron as substrates for their components. Between now and 2020, research indicates this sector will continue to thrive. For a zinc plating company that produces quality and affordable work, it could well be a time of prosperous growth. Be the first to like. Like...
Mar
31

The Right Vendor for Your Metal Working Business

The Right Vendor for Your Metal Working Business Your metal working business will have a variety of requirements for equipment and services. Buying equipment and keeping it maintained can be time-consuming, especially if you have a busy shop. When you spend your time hunting down vendors and working on equipment, you aren’t spending it doing what you do best. That’s why it’s so important to have a reliable vendor for your business. Your metal working vendor can provide you with the equipment you need, like metal rollforming systems and oil and water separators. Having a vendor that specializes in working with the metal working industry can be a big benefit because you can get many of the pieces of equipment you need from a single vendor. This allows the vendor to get to know your business, enabling them to provide you with even more help down the road. A good vendor dedicated to the metal working industry can also be an effective partner after the sale. The right vendor can perform maintenance on your equipment when needed, and provide parts to keep equipment up and running. The right vendor can also provide you with expertise to help your business grow. As you see increased demand and require an additional metal rollforming system or other equipment, your vendor can offer expertise about how and when to expand, and in what areas. They can also offer advice on how to streamline your processes as the business grows. Take the time to choose your vendor carefully. Choose a business that is well established in the industry to ensure they can offer valuable assistance. Choose a vendor that can offer references who will attest to the work they can do. In addition, choose a vendor who will take the time to discuss your business needs with you, and who is willing to be your partner in your new business. Be the first to like. Like...
Jan
30

Choosing the Right Hardfacing Rods and Methods

Choosing the Right Hardfacing Rods and Methods In many industries today, hardfacing or hard surfacing is common practice. It can restore many parts and enhance their performance too. But which hardfacing rods are best to use? Let’s check out the practice a little closer to help you determine the best course of action. Is Hard Surfacing the Best Option? In some cases, you may be better off replacing worn parts. If this is the case, you could be wasting both time and money with your hard surfacing efforts. First, determine the cost for resurfacing and don’t forget to include labor. Compare this cost with buying and installing a new part. Also, do not forget to include some of the benefits hard surfacing can provide, such as: * Operating costs can be lowered * Reduced downtime * Cheaper option than replacement (usually) * Extend work life Choosing Hardfacing Rods There are three issues to consider when choosing hard surfacing rods: * Base metal * Wear factor * Welding procedure Base Metal The kind of material your part is made from determines rod selection. Manganese alloy steel can be a good choice for repairing cracks and filling in large surface areas. For low alloy steel, carbon steel may be best. Wear Wear is the most important factor when choosing hardfacing rods. For metal to metal contact with little lubrication, carbide is a good choice. However, if you need to keep costs down, manganese steel may work. During service, manganese may work harden and provide increased protection. Be the first to like. Like...

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