Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

Sheet Metal Glossary for Laser Cutting & Shearing

How well do you know your sheet metal cutting and shearing terminology? Pretty well? Or could you use a refresher so you can understand what your sheet metal fabricator is trying to do and how to effectively communicate with it?

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The Pros and Cons of Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication for Your Project

Custom sheet metal fabrication is the process of manipulating sheet metal to churn out a specialized product order. ("Fabrication" is essentially cutting and shaping any material into an end product.) You can accomplish sheet metal fabrication...

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Cost of Cellular Manufacturing in Custom Metal Forming

A manufacturing method that serves to streamline the process by producing a family of parts within a single line, cellular manufacturing makes it possible to produce all sheet metal components at once. This includes all secondary assemblies and...

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Sheet Metal Press Forming 101

Today we wanted to share a basic guide with those looking into sheet metal press forming so that you can better understand what it is a full-service sheet metal fabricator does.

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Basics of the Sheet Metal Manufacturing Process

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Sheet Metal Design Considerations: Maximum Amount of Bend

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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Sheet Metal Rolling Defects: Causes & Remedies

When sheet metal is formed, it may be used by many different tools or sent through different machines. Sheet metal is cut, rolled, and manipulated into different shapes and objects that form a wide variety of purposes.

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ISO Quality & Design Specs for Sheet Metal Military Standards

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

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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3 Simple Steps for VAVE Cost Reduction in Manufacturing

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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