Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

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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Laser Cutting and How Does It Work?

A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. The word “Laser” is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. But how...

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How To Read Basic Welding Symbols

Most professions use symbols as a way to communicate instructions quickly. These symbols are quicker than either speaking or writing out the instructions on how a weld is supposed to be. While these symbols may seem to be mysterious...

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How Much Porosity in Welding Is Acceptable?

Sometimes welding is the only way to affix two objects to each other. In these cases, glue, string, bolts, and screws just won't do the job. However, welding does have its issues as defects can occur and the weld becomes porous. While some...

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Decision-stage post on Sheet Metal Finishing - Blackstone's capabilities, benefits of each

Some metal fabrication companies will offer a variety of sheet metal finishing solutions. I will tell you about Blackstone Advanced Technologies and their finishing options available to customers. These finishes ensure that each client receives...

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