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All About Aluminum: Their Grades, Uses, and Qualities

Intro As an engineer, you probably understand how important material selection is. Our team noticed that there’s a lot of confusion when it comes to aluminum alloys. In this guide, we’ll put together a quick cheat sheet to tell you all about aluminum — we’ll…

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The 6 Benefits of CNC Turned Parts

Intro When it comes to making small, intricate parts in medium volumes and high precision, it’s hard to overlook the power of a CNC turning machine. For CNC turned parts, it’s possible to get the best possible results at the fastest speeds. In this guide,…

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What Is Anodizing (and Should You Choose it)?

Intro There are a number of different manufacturing methods and steps that are used by any fabricator. As you’re designing a part, you want to make sure you get the most out of your design. For many, that means turning to anodization.  If you’re not…

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Injection plastic parts

The Differences Between Production and Prototype Tooling 

Intro If you’re looking to make a lot of units, you need to pick out the right tooling. When it comes to injection molding, the two big options are production and prototype tooling. The price difference between the two can be multiple orders of magnitude,…

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Differences Between Injection Molding and CNC Machining

Intro When it comes to manufacturing a product, you might be torn between CNC machining and injection molding. Both of these are manufacturing methods, and they’re both valid options. Depending on your situation, one of these might be favorable over the other. To better explain…

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How to Inspect Precision Machined Parts

Intro After machining a precision part, inspection is a critical step. It ensures that each part is dimensionally perfect and that your customer gets a part that works. Since tolerances are so tight, a simple scale or tape measure won’t work in these cases.  In…

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The 8 Pros and Cons of Injection Molding

Intro As you probably know, injection molding is a great way to mass-produce a part. This is the preferred way to manufacture consumer items like toothbrushes, remotes, and phone cases. There are a lot of pros and cons to using this technology, and we are…

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All About Precision CNC Boring and How it Works

Intro Don’t let the name fool you, CNC boring is a very interesting topic. In this post, we’ll be discussing everything about precision CNC boring, how it works, and why it matters to you. When it comes to fabricating precision parts, machinists will often use…

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How to Design Cutouts Near a Bent Piece

Intro Creating a cutout near a bend on a piece of sheet metal is a big red flag for a design. If a machinist follows the print, you’ll likely receive a part that doesn’t have the rigidity you need in this area. The part can…

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