Sheet metal bending
Bending — sometimes called flanging or press braking — is one of the most important and widely used techniques in sheet metal fabrication. Sheet metal bending allows manufacturers to turn a straight piece of sheet metal into an angled component, and this can be much more cost-effective than welding or affixing two separate pieces together. […] Read More
What is galvanization and how can it improve metal parts?
Galvanization is a process for adding a coating of zinc to the surface of steel or iron. Since the zinc acts as a sacrificial coating, it protects the steel or iron underneath and can therefore extend the lifespan of metal parts. But galvanization is a complex process that can be carried out in several ways. […] Read More
What are heat sinks and how are they made?
Electronic devices like personal computers generate heat as they are operated. Electricity runs through the various wires and components of the device, encountering resistance as it goes, and this resistance generates heat, rapidly elevating the temperature of the device. Left unchecked, this heat can have disastrous consequences for the device: components like the central processing […] Read More
Different types of fasteners used in manufacturing: Screws, bolts & beyond
Fasteners play a crucial role in part design, manufacturing, and assembly. These little pieces of hardware are simple and inexpensive, but without them we would struggle to make many important things: furniture, architectural structures, computers, flooring, vehicles, and much more. The role of a fastener is to mechanically join two or more components together. You […] Read More
Elastomeric parts: injection molding silicone vs 3D printing flexible materials
From industrial gaskets to the soles of your shoes, elastomeric parts are both ubiquitous and unique. Made from elastomers, a group of rubber-like polymers, these flexible, stretchy, and shock-absorbing components are easy to make — and can be produced in several ways. One of the ways to produce elastomeric parts is injection molding. Not the […] Read More