Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

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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3 Ways an AWS-Certified Staff Can Be Your Sheet Metal Design Guide

Founded in 1919, the American Welding Society (AWS) is a nonprofit organization that endeavors to advance the art and science of welding. In factories from coast to coast, the AWS has been a consistent leader, acting as a sheet metal design...

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Why Your Welding Specifications Stink

When you're specifying a metal fabrication project, following the right set of instructions can make a difference in the quality of product you receive. That's why it's important to have accurate welding specifications that provide reliable...

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Welding Design Can Be Cost-Effective

Those who work with welding design often aim to buy components for the best price possible. But that is not all you can do to save money -- you can also ensure that you get the most out of your materials.

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Industrial Welding Specifications: Does MIG or TIG Fit Your Design?

No one welding method fits all jobs. When you need a sheet metal fabrication that can shape common metals, such as stainless steel or aluminum, or you want to meld metal together for a variety of projects (from furniture to sculptures), MIG...

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Can Stainless Be the Best Steel for Welding?

Steel is one of the most common metals used in welding. Combining iron with 2% of other elements creates steel.

Carbon steel is the most common, with a higher carbon content creating a stronger steel. Steel can be used with virtually any welding...

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Weld Defects: Heat Distortion Afterthoughts & 3 Ways to Fix Your Design

Heat distortion is one of the most common defects that arise from weld specifications. From your end, it’s also one of the most preventable weld defects. You just need to speak your vendor’s language!

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Spot Welding Design: 3 Key Considerations

Spot welding is ideal for stamping, assemblies, and sheet metal fabrications. There is no shortage of spot welding design considerations to keep in mind to ensure reliable, economical, and high-quality work.

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4 Common Weld Defects & How to Prevent Them in Your 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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