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Laser Cut Aluminum: A Viable Approach

Laser Cut Aluminum: A Viable Approach
Metal cutting is often undertaken using mechanical or manual processes. Recently, technology provides a viable option for producing aluminum shapes. Laser cutting aluminum is one means of putting technology to use. It offers an effective means of making the process more cost-effective. Lasers and Aluminum? A laser focuses a stream of concentrated photons onto a precise place on a workpiece. The intent is to cut any excess material to produce a specific shape. The laser trims with precision and accuracy meeting customer specifications. While fabricators use such devices frequently on stainless and carbon steel, they can also be effective when it comes to cutting aluminum. Producing laser cut aluminum requires some adjustment. CO2 lasers prove to be more difficult due to the reflective nature of aluminum. Commonly companies may employ either nitrogen or oxygen assisted laser-cutting equipment. The potential for damage to the laser is alleviated by using a higher power setting. Always let the material dictate the type of laser. Why Lasers? Lasers offer several advantages to other methods. Its main benefits include its ability to shape the metal at relatively high capacities while providing it with a quality edge finish. Tighter cutting tolerances with less kerf produce increased utilization of the material and producing less waste are integral to laser machines. Improved repeatability and decreased set-up are also reasons for using lasers. Laser Cut Aluminum When deciding what cutting method is the best method for producing the ideal aluminum sheet, bar or rod, manufacturers and fabricators always look at the following factors: * Quality * Thickness of the aluminum * Speed * Timing * Price They weigh one against the other to determine the viability and cost-effectiveness of each method. Only by considering everything, can a company arrive at a solution that will help them produce the component they require without sacrificing the desired result. While not appropriate or even effective in all situations, there are times when the best solution is laser cut aluminum. Be the first to like. Like...
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The Features of 410 Stainless Steel Tubing

The Features of 410 Stainless Steel Tubing
Stainless steel is a class of steel that has been chemically treated so as to resist rusting and corrosion. While it does not always do this perfectly, it is largely impervious to these considerations. However, there are dozens of different formulations of stainless steel. The steel is made from iron and an assortment of other metals that can be mixed in which it. It is then created using different processes. The amount of other ingredients as well as the process can change the character of the steel. For example, adding more carbon to the steel makes it much harder and sharper, but it also means it will be more likely to break if you apply force to it. This type of steel is often used for tools that need to be very hard and/or sharp. Aircraft Tubing In contrast to those high-carbon steels, spring steel is a strong metal that can be bent. It has less carbon and more of the other ingredients that lend themselves to bending but not breaking. Therefore, it’s mainly used for springs and other applications that need to flex. The different compositions and processes lead to many different formulations of steel designated typically by a number. 410 stainless steel tubing is closer to a spring steel than a high-carbon steel. 410 Stainless The stainless steel tubing most often used for engineering applications is 410 stainless steel tubing. This is a steel that is about 12% chromium, making it corrosion and heat resistant. It also is one of the most used of the hardenable stainless steels. It can be hardened to make it much more resistant to impact damage. Such 410 stainless steel tubing is popular due to its heat resistance. It resists being warped or cracked even under high stress. However, it must first be annealed after welding to ensure its properties. Be the first to like. Like...
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The Power of Steel Recycling in Baltimore

The Power of Steel Recycling in Baltimore
When we refer to Steel Recycling in Baltimore, we’re talking about reusing all kinds of steel through a process that returns it to a format that allows for its use in buildings, structures, and anything else that requires steel. Despite the metal’s long-standing effectiveness, there are times when a building is demolished, or steel becomes available as scrap metal and to use this metal again in other structures or projects it must be recycled to remove any added materials that may have been infused into the metal when it was fabricated in the first place. Steel can last decades without rusting or showing any signs of wear or corrosion. This makes this a powerful metal that can easily be melted down over and over again and reused in different things as the need comes. The recycling process is also designed to strengthen weakened (by long term use) steel. The beauty of steel, however, is that it can be recycled as it is without melting it down as well. Some reasons steel becomes available for recycling is due to building designs or project designs that are no longer fashionable, or perhaps needing replacement with new stronger/tougher more efficient steel or steel and other mixes (smelting). Other reasons are a design made with steel may no longer have structural integrity that is sufficient and may need to be recycled and strengthened by other higher quality steel being infused and melted into it. A lot of the metal can be recycled without any other process than reworking the metal to the new needs. It may be in perfect shape with some minor dings after years of use, and may simply be usable by reshaping it using heat and other techniques. The sustainability of steel is incredible. Steel is often used to build buildings and for use in fabricating things for artistic and practical reasons. Popular in the early 20’s to 30’s due to the reliability and toughness of the metal; this metal can easily preserve the original look and feel of the building or projects, including artistic forms of metal carving/shaping for museums and personal art products. You know when it’s made of steel it’s stainless and enduring for decades or more. Browse our website for more valuable information Be the first to like. Like...
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Stainless Steel Creates Strong Products

Stainless Steel Creates Strong Products
Are you looking for a metal that will last without rusting through? Are you looking for a metal that will create a strong final product so that your company can produce quality products? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to look into stainless steel (SS). Stainless steel is steel that contains chromium, allowing the steel to resist both rust and tarnish. That makes it the perfect foundation for any project including refrigerators, grills, pots and pans, and many more. But how can you find a company that takes care of the product, so that you stay safe when it comes to investing in stainless steel? San Francisco has many SS options, whether it is for supply or for fabrication, so that all of your needs are met. Processes for SS Fabrication Stainless steel has many different processes when it comes to fabrication, including machining, welding, and work hardening. Each process had its pros and cons. Understanding each process will allow you to choose what is best for your stainless steel. Machining is the process of drilling, milling, turning, and threading SS. While there is a possibility of chipping with machining, there are special processes that help to solve this problem while still incorporating the original process. Below are tips to look for when looking for the right company to complete machining on your stainless steel. Choose tools that limit vibrations. This way the steel will be less stressed, avoiding as much chipping as possible. Large tools help to spread the heat out rather than focusing it in one specific area. Coolants and lubricants should be applied to the equipment. Light, consistent cuts should be used to alleviate stress on the metal. Welding can typically be used on all types of stainless steel. However, metals that have a higher nickel content will have improved strength, corrosion resistance, and ductility. When looking into specific SS options for welding, look out for metals that are thick and that are prone to cracking. Work hardening deforms the stainless steel in order to strengthen it. There are two types that work the best for work hardening, including martensitic and austenitic. Martensitic steel shows the highest levels of corrosion resistance as well as hardness, making it easier for it to endure the work hardening process. Austenitic steel can endure cold temperatures and can be pulled as thin as a wire. Be the first to like. Like...
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Machine Metal Services – Drilling, Boring and 3D Milling

Machine Metal Services – Drilling, Boring and 3D Milling
There are dozens of machine metal services available. The most common use services tend to include forming, welding, machining, cutting and burning and final assembly. You can also typically find machine shops that offer high-quality specialities such as casting, plastic welding as well as a handful of other speciality processes. Thus, we all these machine metal services to choose from, it can be difficult to know exactly which service or speciality process, for that matter, will best meet your metal machining needs. To give you an idea of what the more common services entail, let’s go over the basics. The Various Services Explained As previously mentioned, the more sought-after services tend to machine services such as drilling, engineering, boring, turning, threading and 3D milling. The drilling process is fairly standard as a drill bit is used to form holes in steel or other metals. Typically drilling can be done by using a high-speed bit though you can also opt for a carbide single point or multipoint bit. Boring is quite similar to drilling though the primary purpose of this particular service is to increase the metal holes interior diameter with more precision than drilling can offer. Turning and threading operations, on the other hand, involve précising cutting and shaping of metal raw materials into specific shapes or with screw-like edges. 3D Milling also is more of a complex process that creates intricate shapes with high dimensional tolerances. Another highly sought-after machine mental service is engineering. Clearly, every machine shop does not offer on-site engineering thus if you are in the market for hands-on start to finish machining, it is vital that you do your research. Contact an Expert Machine Shop These machining services are just a handful of the commonly sought-after processes. Therefore, if you are looking for more information on other services such as welding, forming, cutting and burning or final assembly, any well-experienced metal service expert can walk you through these other important processes. If you would like more information on the above-discussed services, especially on-site engineering, then make sure that you contact a machine shop that has extensive experience in working with a variety of raw materials and metals. Be the first to like. Like...
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