Guide to Bending Sheet Metal: 7 Tips

Intro Working with sheet metal takes a lot of practice before you become proficient at it. To speed up the learning process and boost your success, we came up with 7 tips to help out. In this beginner’s guide, we’ll be talking about sheet metal:…

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Galvanneal vs Galvanized Steel

Intro A lot of parts’ success depends on what material is used for the part. Making a car engine out of plastic? Not the best idea. Even within the world of metals, there are so many options to pick between. In this quick guide, we’ll…

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Delrin Is a Great Prototyping Option 

Intro A lot of people strictly use metal or 3D-printed plastic for their prototypes, but they’re completely overlooking a very strong contender: Delrin. Delrin is one of the best plastics to make machined prototypes out of, and we’re going to tell you why. This beginner…

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6061 vs 7075 Aluminum: Which Is Better?

If you aren’t sure what the difference between 6061 and 7075 aluminum is, you came to the right place. Picking the wrong alloy out of these two might mean that your project can’t physically be machined. In this guide, we’ll explain why that’s the case.…

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5 Types of Rivets and How They Work

Intro When you can’t use traditional bolts and nuts, you’ll probably have to fall back on rivets. Rivets are a unique way to fasten things together in a semi-permanent fashion. In this guide, you’ll learn about 5 different types of rivets. We’ll explain how they…

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7 Types of Machining Operations, Explained

Intro In order to get the best results, you need to use the right machining operation. However, there are so many options to consider — where are you supposed to start? In this guide, we’ll explain 7 of the more common types of machining operations.…

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Threaded Hole Design Guide

Intro Using threaded holes is one of the most reliable ways to keep parts together while allowing them to be removable. While a threaded hole might look simple, there’s a lot going on under the surface that you should know about. In this beginner guide,…

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Tips to Design Smarter Sheet Metal Enclosures

Intro Designing a part out of sheet metal is very different than designing a part out of thicker stock metal. With sheet metal, there are different rules you have to understand, and different manufacturing methods that will be used in the machine shop. In this…

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6 Tips for Faster Sheet Metal Prototypes

Intro A sheet metal prototype needs to be delivered quickly so you can start testing it, iterating the design, and moving closer to final production. The good news? There are some quick ways to speed up the whole prototype fabrication process. Our experts put together…

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