How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Your Tubular Steel Products

How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Tubular Steel Tubular steel products can be protected in two ways: choosing a strong, durable material from the get-go (such as 300- and 400-series stainless steels) or covering the steel with a protective coating. Sometimes, if your application is extremely corrosive, steel tube manufacturers will recommend both. To properly protect your … Continue reading How Steel Tube Manufacturers Protect Your Tubular Steel Products

9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

Metal manufacturing, like other types of manufacturing, has been struggling with global economic shifts such as China’s continuing manufacturing developments, and Brexit’s impact on the stock market and world trade. Along with this barrage of economic problems, metal manufacturing is still fighting long-disproven myths and misconceptions. These doubts may have been legitimate ten, fifty, or a hundred years ago, but … Continue reading 9 Metal Manufacturing Myths That Need to Die in a Fire

4 Reasons You Should Emboss Your Tubular Steel Products

Embossing is a fantastic process for strengthening tubular steel. To emboss tubular steel, the original material coil is run through a roll forming mill, and male/female dies are used to press the metal into the embossed pattern. We recently used this embossing process to decrease a client’s material costs. They were able to retain the quality of … Continue reading 4 Reasons You Should Emboss Your Tubular Steel Products

The Cost of Laser Cutting vs. Waterjet Cutting | Sheet Metal Fabrication

Laser cutting and waterjet cutting are both high-tech, highly accurate forms of sheet metal fabrication. However, there is one clear winner when you compare the costs of each. Here’s why laser cutting is more affordable for your project, no matter its size or shape. Waste Lasers require little to no clean up. A small amount … Continue reading The Cost of Laser Cutting vs. Waterjet Cutting | Sheet Metal Fabrication

5 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Starting as early as 1967, laser cutting proved to be a versatile and efficient means of fabricating sheet metal. Currently, it’s still one of the most cost-effective and precise methods of sheet metal fabrication available. Here are 5 major reasons to choose laser cutting for your project! 1.  Relatively Low Cost The cost of laser … Continue reading 5 Reasons to Choose Laser Cutting for Sheet Metal Fabrication

Tubular Steel Products: Non-Round & Special Shaped Welded Tubing

You’ve seen tubular steel products in action every day. They help you get to work safely, they help you shovel your driveway, and they’re part of the bridges and roads you drive over during your commute. The tubing you’ve seen and interacted with has probably been round. However, round is not the only tubing shape available. … Continue reading Tubular Steel Products: Non-Round & Special Shaped Welded Tubing

13 Ways You Can Reduce Metal Stamping Costs

Reducing Metal Stamping Costs Metal stamping costs can be quite hefty, especially for prototype products that require low volume, short production runs. In this post, we’ll go over a few ways you can attempt to reduce your metal stamping costs and make the manufacturing process more efficient overall. Materials Is your product currently made of a … Continue reading 13 Ways You Can Reduce Metal Stamping Costs

5 Tricks to Reduce Metal Stamping Design Inconsistencies

The most common issue our clients face is a design that looks great on paper, but runs into problems during manufacturing. Metal stamping is a breeding ground for inconsistencies between design ideas and manufacturing realities. Metal stamping requires an understanding of how cutting, punching, and bending will warp the final product. Manufacturing engineers are often required … Continue reading 5 Tricks to Reduce Metal Stamping Design Inconsistencies

Tubular Steel Products: Stainless Steel Finishing and Applications

Tubular steel products can be finished in a surprising number of ways. A few weeks ago, we did an article on powder coating for metal tubing. Today, we’ll be focusing on common stainless steel finishes. Here are a few things you should know before we get started: 1.  Metal surface roughness is measured either by Ra … Continue reading Tubular Steel Products: Stainless Steel Finishing and Applications

Tubular Steel Production: Testing Metal Tubing Strength

Metal tubing goes through extensive testing to make sure it’s up to ASTM standards. A tube’s strength goes in two directions: tensile (outwards, pulling) and compression (inwards, pushing). Each size, shape, and material has two measurements of tensile and compression strength: yield (the amount of force needed to bend the metal) and ultimate strength (the amount of force … Continue reading Tubular Steel Production: Testing Metal Tubing Strength