Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

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List of Sheet Metal Finishing Techniques

Dec 14, 2018 10:41:00 AM

Sheet metal is made for many very important products and components that people use every day. “Sheet metal” refers to thin metal that can be bent, formed, and cut into various shapes. There is a wide variety of different metals that are used in...

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Sheet Metal Design Considerations: Maximum Amount of Bend

Dec 12, 2018 3:33:00 PM

In order to understand what the maximum amount of bend is for certain gauges of sheet metal, it's essential to understand a few basics of bending and other terms involving metalworks.

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ISO Quality & Design Specs for Sheet Metal Military Standards

Nov 29, 2018 4:01:46 PM

When working with military products, there are limits to the types of components you can use. Sheet metal manufacturers may be required to work on engines, airframes, space vehicles, ships, and land or underwater vehicles.

Because this type of...

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5 Paths to Perfect Sheet Metal Enclosure Design

Nov 26, 2018 9:22:00 AM

Industrial metal enclosures often follow a set of design guidelines that ensure manufacturability. If you are familiar with the basics, it makes your job easier. There are now several CAD programs designed to help engineers in the planning and...

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4 Common Weld Defects & How to Prevent Them in Your Sheet Metal Design

Oct 12, 2018 10:44:00 AM

Has your manufacturer ever handed you a finished product that’s an eyesore or, even worse, poorly put together? It may be due to pesky weld defects.

Twists and turns are common when it comes to welding metal. Check these common welding...

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CHECKLIST: Sheet Metal Design Guidelines & Tolerances

Oct 11, 2018 11:52:27 AM

To manufacture sheet metal efficiently, reduce errors, and cut costs, you have to apply the engineering principle of design for manufacturing (DFM). DFM simplifies manufacturing sheet metal by considering design guidelines and tolerances that will...

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3 Simple Steps for VAVE Cost Reduction in Manufacturing

Oct 2, 2018 12:04:30 PM

Reducing the cost of production should be an everyday goal, no matter your business. Value analysis (VA) and value engineering (VE), or VAVE, plays an important role in cost reduction for manufacturing.

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Sheet Metal Design Basics for DFM

Sep 20, 2018 4:13:29 PM

Design for manufacturability is now a common concept in many industries, including the sheet metal design sector. Sheet metal design basic fundamentals make manufacturing a sure thing instead of crossing your fingers that everything will turn out OK.

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VIDEO: The Best Metal Fabrication Services Are All-in-1

Aug 13, 2018 3:04:24 PM

What does a true full-service metal shop look like? What are the metal fabrication services it provides? A quick tour ought to shed some light.

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Galvanized Steel Sheet Metal: Everything You Need to Know

Jul 16, 2018 5:51:31 PM

Galvanized steel sheet metal: It's low-maintenance, corrosion-resistant, and strong.

As such, it's one of the most popular materials for projects ranging from structures to works of art. If you've ever wanted to learn more about galvanized steel,...

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