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A drill bit bites into a piece of metal and a curl of metal is pulled away

Tool Steel: Steel that Gets Things Done

What is tool steel? Tool steels are exceptionally hard, tough, or wear-resistant alloys. Their properties come from both their chemistry and their production. As their name intimates, these steels are ready to work cutting, grinding, drilling, punching, striking, or doing other tough jobs. Tool steels must have the right material

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Powder Coating Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has a natural silver luster and resistance to corrosion. These qualities are what usually recommend the alloy compared to regular steel. For most customers it makes very little sense to cover the stainless in a powder coat or other finish. However, customers occasionally choose a colorful finish on

Steel is made in foundries and steel mills

How is Steel Made?

According to the World Steel Association, 1869.9 million tons of steel were produced in 2019. This represents a 3.4% increase in output from 2018 and is more than double the output in 1999. The world has an ever growing need for steel. It’s used in construction, industry, and manufacturing. Being

A circular grinder machines a high-precision steel part

What is Machining?

Making objects out of metal involves many manufacturing processes. One of these is machining, a necessary requirement of mass manufacture in the modern age. Machine tools cut, bore, grind, or otherwise shape metal by removing some of it with a cutting or grinding surface. Usually, a machine tool has two

Metal being tapped out of a foundry furnace into a pouring ladle

What is a Foundry?

Foundries are responsible for our current standard of living and industrial development, but most of us know next to nothing about them. So what is a foundry? Foundry Definition In simplified terms, a foundry is a factory where castings are produced by melting metal, pouring


Ductile Iron

Ductile iron – also referred to as spheroidal or nodular iron – is actually a group of irons that exhibit high strength, flexibility, durability and elasticity due to their unique microstructure. Cast ductile iron normally contains over 3 percent carbon; it can be bent, twisted or deformed without fracturing.

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How to Convert ASTM Steel Grades

When manufacturing overseas, North American designers might need to navigate differences in spoken language. Engineering specification is also a language, and standard specifications for material and processes are defined differently in each country in the world. To a new designer, steel grades might seem easy, where 316 stainless steel is

Mild steel used for pipeline

Is Carbon Steel Better than Mild Steel?

Is carbon steel better than mild steel? Trick question! Mild steel is a type of carbon steel. The element carbon is present in all steel. Whenever this carbon is the main alloying element, the alloy is considered a carbon steel. “Low-carbon” steel is another name for mild steel. There are

Steel castings in a foundry

Cast Steel Production: Properties and Composition

Cast steel is a ferrous alloy with a maximum carbon content of approximately 0.75%. Steel castings are solid metal objects produced by filling the void within a mold with liquid steel. They are available in many of the same carbon and alloy steels that can be produced as wrought metals.

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Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals

Any solid metal that can be melted can be cast. Foundries are the factories that do this casting work, developing expertise with a handful of metals and methods, and designing standard products to maximize value and efficiency in production. Metals and casting methods influence each