Metal Fabrication Resources by Blackstone Advanced Technologies

How to Fix a Weld Distortion

 

Metal fabrication projects using welding processes inevitably experience at least some degree of welding distortion, which results from the expansion and contraction of the weld metal and base metal during the welding process. Prevention of...

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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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Seam Welding Design and Fabrication Taking Center Stage

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. And even more are seeking contract welding services.

 

What's makes seam...

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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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Ammunition Storage Locker: A Step-by-Step Design Guide

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What’s the Best Aluminum for Welding Projects?

Aluminum, like steel, can be produced with many different physical and chemical properties. Some grades react well to welding. Others require more expertise or shouldn't be welded at all. So, how do you choose the best aluminum for welding?

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Easy Guide to Welding Symbols

One of the most common mix-ups between engineers and their manufacturing vendors is with welding symbols. Providing your manufacturer the proper design notations can be the difference between a great product and a distorted, ugly mess.

 

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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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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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