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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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April 5th, 2017

Beyond base metals

Minor metals are major players in high-tech innovation Typically the word “minor” refers to things of lesser importance, size or degree. Minor metals, however, are far from inferior—they are major players in a wide range of specialty, high-tech industries and used to create alloys with desirable mechanical properties, including deformability…

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March 22nd, 2017

Taming corrosion

A properly installed Zinc anode protects metal components Corrosion is a destructive force. When certain metals come in contact with water, they can begin to degrade quickly. But in the case of storage tanks, steel water or fuel pipelines, and boats, contact with both fresh and saltwater is necessary. Cathodic…

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March 8th, 2017

Powerful protection

Zinc anodes can extend the useful life of metal parts Anyone who has spent time near beaches knows that metal items exposed to saltwater begin to rust quickly. Freshwater encourages oxidation, as well, but because saltwater is a good conductor, electrons move easily through it, accelerating the reactions that cause…

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