Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

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

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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Seam Welding Takes Center Stage in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Seam welding is taking off in the sheet metal fabrication industry. Large and small shops are adopting either resistance seam welding, laser seam welding, or maybe both.

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

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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What is Plasma Arc Welding?

Plasma arc welding is an extremely popular process used by commercial welders. In fact, as any professional commercial welder knows, the use of plasma arc welding has quite a wide array of applications.

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Stainless Steel Sheet Metal: Everything You Need to Know

Stainless steel sheet metal is one of the most versatile building materials out there.

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Do Steel & Aluminum Belong Together in a Welding Design?

When creating a specific shape or design, key components must be fabricated. There's a certain level of customization that cannot be machined and, as you make these designs come to life, you must be able to effectively shape and form metal into a...

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Weld Defects (& How Your Welding Specifications Are to Blame)

When your manufacturer gives you a product that is full of weld defects, it can be easy to jump to the conclusion that whoever welded the piece is to blame. Before jumping to this conclusion, be sure to ask yourself: “Did my welding...

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