Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

CNC Machining Vs. Sheet Metal Fabrication: Cost & Quality

When you need custom metal products, you need to decide whether you want the items made with CNC machining or sheet metal fabrication.

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5 Sheet Metal Enclosure Considerations for Mining Equipment Design

Metal enclosures used in the mining industry need to meet strict standards set by federal and state governments. Failing to meet these standards often means paying large fines. More importantly, metal enclosures that don’t align with industry...

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What is Bend Allowance in Sheet Metal Fabrication?

Metal can in fact bend. When sheet metal is being fabricated, metal has to bend in order to not just be molded into a certain shape, but also pass safety regulation in times which impact is dealt to the metal, causing it to bend instead of break....

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Clamping Down on the Alligatoring Defect in Sheet Metal Rolling

When you are using a rolling mill, you want smooth and perfectly-shaped metal for one of many different applications. If the rolled metal moves out of place or the machine malfunctions, you might end up with a split piece of metal through its...

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Accounting for Springback in Sheet Metal Bending

For engineers and operators starting out with bending sheet metal, they might assume that the angle they bend ends up becoming the angle that occurs permanently in the metal. However, that is not the case. After bending, the metal will tend to...

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3 Most Common Weld Symbol Mistakes

There is much for a welder to decipher. While there are many elements in welding, understanding common weld mistake symbols is imperative to an excellent welding experience. However, due to the massive technicality of this activity, simple...

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What Kinds of Materials are Used for Building Ships?

As you may know, a ton of work goes into building a ship. Fortunately, the formula has not changed for generations, but the process for building ships has become faster and easier than even decades ago.

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Marine Grade Aluminum vs. Marine Grade Steel

Aluminum and steel are both hard metals suitable for ships and other naval vessels. While they both look and seem similar, there are a few major differences between them. Consumers who don't know the differences between steel and aluminum may end...

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Hot Vs. Cold Rolling: Pros and Cons

There are two types of processed steels that companies can by for many different uses. They are known as hot and cold rolled. Both types of steel look, perform, and behave differently, so which is considered better to use? Allow us to explain the...

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The Cost of Aluminum vs. Steel in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Both steel and aluminum are used for making heavy-duty applications such as vehicles, buildings, machines, utilities, and more. Even if you are buying materials in sheets for shells, insulation, or something else, it's important to note that one...

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