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September 15th, 2017

The Versatility of Low Melting Alloys  

Low melting alloys — also sometimes called fusible alloys — have a distinct place within the manufacturing industry. Though they are sometimes overlooked, their interesting solidification properties ensure that they hold an esteemed place in the design of components as well as tool applications. Low Melting Alloys: An Overview Alloys…

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August 16th, 2017

A perfect match

Select the right alloy for your application and guarantee long-term performance Many alloy families have been engineered to be versatile and are suitable for a wide range of applications. Some of these alloys are referred to as “universal,” which means the same material can be used for products from utensils…

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August 2nd, 2017

High-tech testing

Creating a custom alloy requires careful attention to details Combining materials together into an alloy broadens their possible uses, minimizing undesirable properties and strengthening advantageous ones. The permutations are seemingly endless, and small tweaks can have a big effect on the alloy’s characteristics. Add Carbon to Iron to create Carbon…

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July 19th, 2017

Finishing touch

Electroplating provides manufacturers with design flexibility Consumer products often are manufactured out of one metallic material and then plated with a thin layer of another to enhance or change their chemical, physical, and mechanical properties or make them more aesthetically pleasing, for instance, in the case of jewelry. Electroplated products…

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June 28th, 2017

Creative castings

By molding red metals, artists and designers create unique sculptures, jewelry—even furniture Artists can let their creativity flow with red metal alloys, such as Brass and Bronze. Bronze, especially, has been used in artistic applications for thousands of years, and many well-known sculptors, among them Donatello, Rodan, and Giacometti, have…

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June 21st, 2017

Chemical reactions

ACS Reagent-grade Tin and Zinc for use in chemical analysis and compound creation Tin and Zinc are essential components of many alloys, but uses for these two elements extend beyond solders, die castings, galvanizing, and plating. Reagent grades of Zinc and Tin can be used in chemical analysis or other…

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June 7th, 2017

Water safety

Lead-free and low-lead alloys keep up with plumbing industry regulations Copper faucets, sinks and appliances have a lustrous color that helps create a warm atmosphere, making a house feel like a home. Copper and its alloys also are functional and durable. They resist corrosion and require little maintenance, which makes…

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May 17th, 2017

Playing up Beryllium Copper’s strengths

Ensure you get the most out of this red-metal alloy by understanding its unique properties With each new generation of electronics, laptops get slimmer and more powerful and cell phones have even greater capacities for the amount of apps, music, and streaming sports and television that consumers want to carry…

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May 3rd, 2017

Custom creations

Aluminum master alloys help metallurgists fine-tune alloys to create materials that are stronger, lighter, and more easily processed Aluminum is the most abundant metallic element in the Earth’s crust—it’s even more common than Iron. In its pure form, though, it’s soft and malleable. It needs to be alloyed with other…

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April 19th, 2017

Creating complex shapes

Powdered metals help engineers produce parts cost-effectively What is the best way to make a 3-D part out of metal? It depends. There are a number of considerations involved, including time and money. To create parts, manufacturers can choose either a subtractive or an additive manufacturing process. Subtractive manufacturing involves…

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