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November 16th, 2017

The Advantages of Using Babbitt in Wire Form

You may have heard that Babbitt alloys are commonly used for ball bearings, but did you also know that it can be used as metal wire for spray applications. When Babbitt is used in a spray application, the deposition rate and speed are increased, resulting in faster production, less waste…

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November 2nd, 2017

Tin-Based Babbitt and Lead-Based Babbitt: Characteristics and Applications

When it comes to Babbitt metal, this soft metal has amazing properties when used as a bearing material. Manufacturers can use Babbitt metal to perform bearing repairs or to create new bearings that are lined with this material. It can bond to steel, cast iron and bronze as it has…

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October 11th, 2017

The Versatility and Durability of Zinc Sheets for Countertops

Did you know that zinc sheet metal is an ideal material for countertops, sinks and commercial and residential bar tops? Zinc sheet metal contains many highly desirable properties when used for countertops and is a viable alternative to stainless steel. Zinc sheet metal can last for more than 100 years…

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October 11th, 2017

All About Pewter: The “Other” Fine Jewelry Metal

What metals do jewelry makers most commonly use to make jewelry? Average men and women might correctly guess gold and silver. A few might also add platinum to the list. It’s likely that few would think of pewter. Even though lots of jewelry makers and owners favor pewter jewelry for…

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October 3rd, 2017

Characteristics of Low Melting Alloys

Manufacturers around the globe rely on quality materials to create a range of parts, equipment and products for businesses and consumers. During the assembly process, different materials may need to be joined together for a tight seal, cast in a mold to a designed form, or bent into a new…

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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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