Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Benefits of Custom Metal Products in the Agricultural Industry
The agricultural sector uses a variety of machines to carry out challenging and time-consuming tasks from planting and harvesting to irrigation and grain storage. As a large contributor to the North American economy, the industry requires equipment with reliable, high-quality parts to continue to meet our nation’s needs. Fabrication processes like metal spinning and stamping offer many advantages in creating such components.
Sometimes referred to as metal turning or spin forming, metal spinning is a technique that takes flat or cylindrical metal and transforms it into a completed, hollow end product with circular cross-sections. Another efficient and low-cost method, metal stamping utilizes pre-cut dies and applied pressure to stamp components from sheet metal. Both processes produce robust, long-lasting parts ideal for agricultural projects.
Benefits of Custom Metal Spinning and Stamping
Metal spinning and stamping processes offer a variety of advantages in creating durable, strong, and accurate parts that can handle rugged applications in the agricultural industry.
Benefits of Metal Spinning
Low- to high-volume production. Metal spinning can assist with prototyping and small runs through manual or partially automated processes. Alternately, computer numerical control (CNC) machinery generates high volumes of tight-tolerance parts using automation.
Decreased turn times. Metal spinning is an efficient process, particularly when you combine it with automation. It provides a great opportunity for reducing order turnaround times.
Reduced costs. Metal spinning involves much less of an initial investment than other metal forming techniques. There are also fewer costs associated with its tooling.
Design flexibility. You can use tooling changes to easily modify part designs, especially when the alteration simply involves a sizing reduction.
Enhanced metallurgical properties. Using this process to create components actually improves the metallurgy and tensile strength in a part by realigning the metal’s grain structure. This gives you the capability to use a lighter gauge of material for the same project without sacrificing durability.
Multi-process capabilities. As a versatile manufacturing technique, you can integrate other processes into metal spinning production, including welding, rolling, and deep drawing, to create parts with complex designs.
Benefits of Metal Stamping
Precision. Custom metal stamping enables you to achieve a component’s unique specifications with a high degree of accuracy and repeatability.
Durable strength. This manufacturing method guarantees that your product can endure an array of difficulties for reliable, lasting use.
Efficiency. Metal stamping is an efficient process, decreasing both production time and the associated costs while boosting output and profits.
Compatibility. Enabling custom designs, metal stamping allows you to generate sheet metal parts with a size and shape that will ultimately be compatible with your equipment, which isn’t typical for the majority of stock metal parts.
Custom Metal Spinning and Stamping From Metal Craft
A virtually endless array of metal-spun and stamped parts are involved in planting, harvesting, storing, handling, and temperature control equipment. Since 1964, Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping has supported our agricultural customers across North America with top-notch metal spinning and stamping services for prototyping and high- and low-volume manufacturing.
To meet your project’s unique size, shape, material, and tooling specifications, we draw from our background in custom metal fabrication and rely on state-of-the-art presses and hydroforming and CNC equipment. Metal Craft’s processes are compatible with aluminum, brass, and copper, as well as cold-rolled, galvanized, and stainless steel, so that the parts we create will provide you with the performance your application requires.
Metal Craft’s Custom Solutions
Whether you need parts for heavy machinery or something as small and simple as a fence post cap, the team at Metal Craft can provide you with agricultural equipment metal products. Through a commitment to innovation and customer satisfaction, we strive to go above and beyond your expectations with superior quality in our offerings and timeliness in our deliveries. To inquire about our custom product capabilities, request a quote today and partner with Metal Craft on your next agricultural project.
Posted by tdevlin on | Comments Off on 5-Axis Laser Cutting vs. Metal Stamping
There are several methods for creating custom sheet metal forms, with metal stamping and laser cutting being two of the most prevalent. When determining which method is best for your project, it’s important to understand the differences between each technique. 5-axis laser cutting and metal stamping processes each offer their own unique advantages and properties to consider when making your selection.
What Is the Difference Between Laser Cutting and Metal Stamping?
Laser cutting is a technique that employs a high-powered laser to burn, melt, vaporize, or otherwise cut various materials for both industrial and aesthetic purposes. Using computer numerical control (CNC), the laser beam is directed at the material to make cuts based on preprogrammed instructions, leaving behind high-quality finished edges.
Metal stamping is a low-cost, high-speed manufacturing method capable of producing many identical metal components. It is a cold-forming method that uses dies and stamping presses to shape sheet metal into various forms.
Laser Cutting and Metal Stamping Advantages
Advantages of 5-axis laser cutting include:
Flexibility. With laser cutting, the same configuration may be used to cut a variety of forms from the same material thickness.
Precision. With an accuracy of +/-0.1 mm, it is possible to achieve high precision without any after-treatment.
Repeatability. With tolerance capabilities up to +/- 0.05 mm, laser cutting assures that pieces are almost identical.
Speed. Laser cutting is much faster than standard mechanical cutting methods. This is especially true for more intricate cuts.
Quality. Laser cutters leave just a little burr when used properly, which oftentimes doesn’t need to be removed.
Versatility. Laser cutting is appropriate for a wide range of materials.
Metal stamping benefits include:
Excellent accuracy. Metal stamping offers a very accurate way to form tough materials into intricate shapes.
Amazing quality. Although multiple components are cut together, the stamping procedure produces high-quality results.
Great properties. Stamped parts are extremely robust, rigid, and light in weight.
Waste reduction. Metal stamping results in less wasted resources compared to other forming processes.
Automation. Metal stamping allows for great automation and can incorporate subordinate operations such as tapping, welding, and more.
Applications of Laser Cutting and Metal Stamping
The many benefits of 5-axis laser cutting make it an ideal option for applications such as:
Metal and utility cabinets
Metal stamping is commonly used for the following purposes:
Panel fastening systems
Industrial switches and connectors
Mounting brackets and chassis
Trash compactors and disposal systems
Partner With Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping
Laser cutting and metal stamping are both beneficial processes that result in high-quality parts and components. At Metal Craft, we strive to provide the best solutions to meet your unique demands. Our knowledge, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to deliver excellent metal stamping and 5-axis laser cutting services for our customers in various industries. For help determining which process is best for your needs, contact us today.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Hydroforming vs. Metal Stamping
Both hydroforming and metal stamping are efficient metal shaping methods. However, their shaping methods are vastly different from one another and offer certain advantages depending on the application. The unique characteristics that make hydroforming ideal for one project can be the very things that make metal stamping the better choice for another project, making it very important to understand the differences between the two methods.
If you’re deciding between hydroforming and metal stamping for your next project, here are some considerations to keep in mind.
Hydroforming uses high-pressure fluids to form metal parts made from ductile materials, such as stainless steel, carbon steel, copper, or aluminum into specific shapes. These fluids enable hydroforming to produce intricate shapes that other methods cannot and is ideal for applications that require the creation of asymmetrical, complex, or long and shallow components.
Hydroforming’s broad design freedom, high material utilization, reduced part weight, high mechanical strength, and improved dimensional accuracy contributes to its popularity as the chosen manufacturing method for many industries such as automotive, lighting, and appliance industries.
The Hydroforming Process includes the following steps:
A round disk of metal is first placed over a pre-designed molding tool—either a mechanically driven mandrel or solid female die.
Hydraulic fluid is pumped at high pressure into a chamber sealed by a strong, flexible rubber diaphragm.
The hydraulic fluids place pressure on the diaphragm to counter the force of the mandrel to facilitate deep drawing applications. Alternatively, the pressure can be used to force the metal into the female mold to produce shallow convex and concave shapes.
Pressure is released from the forming chamber.
The punch is retracted.
The formed part is removed.
Advantages of Hydroforming
One comprehensive tool: No mating part is needed and modifications are much simpler, which reduces tooling costs.
Reduced weight: Because hydroforming is not a subtractive process, thinner materials can be used for the blank, resulting in a lighter end product.
Minimal to no waste: The material can be precut before entering the hydraulic press, reducing waste.
Reduced spring back: Increased strength obtained from hydroforming is especially helpful in reducing spring back in closed sections, such as a can or cup.
Few abrasions: Working with high-pressure fluid, rather than compression, means fewer abrasions.
Smooth finishes: Hydroforming produces beautifully smooth finishes that require little to no secondary processing.
Metal stamping uses pre-formed dies to compress metal sheets and round disks into the desired shape. This process is often chosen for both high-volume and short-run productions due to its low-cost, high-speed process that can produce a high volume of identical metal components. Metal stamping is a traditional technique known for its outstanding repeatability and is ideal for simple components. The Metal Stamping process can leave scoring on the final product making it ideal for products that don’t need a presentable finish without touchups.
The Metal Stamping process includes the following steps:
Dies and tools are chosen depending on the project.
Selected tools are attached to the press.
A flat metal sheet is then manually or automatically fed between the tool and the press.
The press then compresses the sheet metal against the tool, which forces the metal into the desired shape.
The formed part is removed.
Advantages of Metal Stamping:
Consistent, accurate, & repeatable: Once a die is designed, it can produce identical components indefinitely, yielding repeatable accuracy.
Cost-efficient: Dies can be affordable tooling options, and the ability to produce high volumes of product quickly makes metal stamping a cost-efficient option.
Timely: Metal stamping offers high-speed production without sacrificing quality, delivering product gets to market more quickly.
Exceptional precision: For short-run metal stamping, the inside of a part can be kept within +/- .02-.03 inch of its die.
Hydroforming & Metal Stamping from Metal Craft S&S
Whether hydroforming or metal stamping is the best choice for your project, Metal Craft is committed to quality in both our metal fabrication processes and our customer service. From one-off metal components to a full production run, our knowledge, experience, and extensive equipment resources mean we can provide you with superior metal component forming solutions.
Our commitment to quality, on-time delivery, and personalized customer service began four generations ago and continues today. Contact us or request a quote online for additional information about our hydroforming and metal stamping capabilities and to experience our world-class customer service.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on High Cost of Raw Materials: How to Save by Understanding the Supply Chain
Raw material sourcing issues can have a significant impact on the overall supply chain. Volatility and price fluctuations involving raw material markets create a trickle-down effect that touches every sector. COVID-19 has affected industries more intensely and for a much more extended period than ever anticipated. With an approximately 18% higher Raw Material Price Index last year as compared to 2020 and material prices averaging up due to prolonged instability, despite analysts expecting some stabilizing this year, suppliers would be wise to prepare for the potential of future price increases and volatility.
Raw Material Issue
The beginning of the coronavirus pandemic saw a decrease in demand for most raw materials as consumers and business owners alike shifted their focus to keeping themselves, their families, and others safe by staying home. With diminished demand came decreased production. This, combined with supply chain disruptions and economic instability, has resulted in upheaval and increasing market prices for raw materials. For those suppliers closer to the bottom of the supply chain who depend on raw materials as a large portion of their overall costs, lack of access to cost-effective raw materials can be devastating.
The procurement of raw materials and part sourcing can create an unwelcome disturbance that is not limited in scope. The following industries are just a small number of examples of the widespread impact of problematic raw material sourcing:
Oil and gas
The first step to decreasing the impact of rising raw materials costs and shortages is to create a snapshot of your sourcing strengths and vulnerabilities. In determining the actual raw materials used in part production and how that corresponds to demand for parts, you can better forecast your comprehensive material requirements.
Financial modeling. Procurement departments that are skilled at in-depth monitoring of expenses and evaluating any inherent risk, limit, or variation possibilities enable the broadest hedging options.
Intensive review of the supply chain. All stages of the supply chain should receive careful consideration to minimize waste, evaluate raw material sourcing locations, and analyze the balance between sustainability and value, with the goal of creating cost savings over time.
Measurability and sustainability. Leading companies are enacting more environmentally friendly techniques like new recycling methods or reworked product modifications that take both organizational reputation and cost into consideration.
Additionally, OEMs lessen the burden on the part supplier by capturing the contract manufacturers’ raw data for each part. This allows OEMs to better forecast the raw material requirements, allowing for the timely purchase of what they need. Doing so can result in the following:
Better pricing from suppliers
Favorable contract terms for procurement departments
Improved efficiency in supply chain operations
Shorter lead times for receiving raw materials
Finally, scrap materials can be a significant cost, particularly for larger components. By modifying parts instead, companies can maximize material yield and save on scrap metal expenses. Additionally, another way to cut costs is to consider changing the type of material used if the current material is in high demand or requires additional steps to process.
Looking to the Future
Creating a greener economy starts with business leaders who embrace a futuristic vision and adopt stewardship measures. Traditionally, OEMs, contract manufacturers, and suppliers have looked to the past or to guesswork for forecasting raw material demand in the future. However, choosing to better understand the supply chain and the raw materials used in products, then sharing that information with the sources of those materials, allows OEMs to improve their cost of doing business both now and in the future.
Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping has over 56 years of experience and has grown to produce thousands of items for supply to customers across North America. With a commitment to exceeding our customers’ expectations through quality products and innovation coupled with on-time delivery, we can provide precise, accurate metal parts to fulfill your project requirements.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Hand Spinning vs. CNC Spinning
Metal spinning is a rimless metalworking technique that stretches back from the era of artisans and craftsmen in the past to today’s mass manufacturers. While techniques in the past were forged in manual work, modern processes use a combination of both hand spinning and processes governed by CNC machinery. By rotating a metal workpiece at high speeds around a fixed axis, metal-spinning tools can cut and shape the metal into an axially symmetrical product. In mass manufacturing, the first stages of metal spinning are completed by automated machines before being finished by hand. This process is popular across multiple different industries.
In this guide, learn more about the similarities, differences, and applications of both hand spinning and CNC spinning processes.
Hand Spinning vs. CNC Spinning: Similarities
Both hand and CNC spinning operate off of the same basic principles. They transform workpieces of metal into a range of shapes, such as tubes, bell-shaped parts, and spherical components along a fixed axis of symmetry. Both processes are also fast, which make them especially advantageous for creating prototypes.
In fact, spinning is one of the fastest processes for forming metal goods; other popular processes such as metal stamping can’t keep up. This increases the efficiency of spinning-based production processes, as does the minimal amount of waste the process creates.
Hand Spinning vs. CNC Spinning: Differences
Hand and CNC-spinning processes do have some crucial differences that you can use to determine which is the right fit for your next project.
Hand spinning is a much more manual process than its modern CNC alternative. The technician controls the spinning speed while operating forming forces to produce the final shape. This allows for fine-tuned control and artistry. It’s also more cost-effective for the production of prototypes, unique pieces, and small-volume orders.
Because hand operators exert less force on the metal, it also tends to be used with fragile or ductile metal that need a more delicate touch like O-tempered aluminum and some stainless steels. It’s also the preferred choice for precious and semi-precious metals.
CNC-metal spinning, on the other hand, is controlled predominantly by automated CNC machinery. These machines interpret instructions from a design file and follow those strict steps to create virtually identical part after part. The machinery controls hydraulic presses that force the metal workpiece into shape, and it determines how long the hydraulics are engaged and how fast the workpiece spins. It offers complete accuracy in a way manually controlled processes can’t guarantee.
Because of this consistency, CNC spinning is the preferred choice for manufacturing products that need high volumes of identical parts within strict tolerances. CNC machinery can also exert more force through the hydraulic presses, making it a superior choice for hard materials that are difficult to form. However, it can also handle metals with >2% ductility.
Hand Spinning vs. CNC Spinning: Applications
Hand-spinning processes commonly form these products:
Beverage can prototypes
Semiconductor manufacturing equipment parts
CNC spinning processes are used to form large volumes of high-precision products in these industries:
Food and beverage
Contact Us at Metal Craft S&S for High-Quality Metal Spinning
Both hand spinning and CNC spinning processes can craft high-quality metal products across multiple different industries. At Metal Craft S&S, we offer hand spinning and CNC spinning services. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities or request a quote for pricing details.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Galvanized Steel vs. Stainless Steel: Which Is the Better Choice?
Both stainless steel and galvanized steel are strong and durable, but each one has specific advantages, depending on the application. When it comes to galvanized steel vs. stainless steel, you have to understand the difference between the two and consider what type of product you’re making and what demands it will face in its environment. From there, the best choice for you will become clear.
What Is Galvanized Steel vs. Stainless Steel?
Galvanized steel is coated with zinc to protect it from rust, while stainless steel is an alloy made with at least 10% chromium for the same reason: to guard against rust and corrosion. There are several types of stainless steel, each determined by the type and amount of additional materials, like chromium, as well as nickel, titanium, manganese, and/or molybdenum, present in the steel:
Austenitic stainless steel
Ferritic stainless steel
Long-wearing martensitic steel
Duplex stainless steel
Precipitation-hardening stainless steel
Benefits & Drawbacks of Galvanized Steel vs. Stainless Steel
The strengths and weaknesses of each type of steel will help you determine whether it’s right for your application:
Galvanized steel is water-resistant, but it does not hold up well under salt water. When compared to stainless steel, it’s easier to work with and much less expensive. For many construction applications, galvanized steel is a trusted, economical choice, as long as it won’t be in contact with salt water.
However, one drawback is in the welding process: the zinc coating releases toxic fumes that can contribute to flu-like symptoms and discomfort, so it’s important for welders to have the proper protective equipment. Because welding removes the zinc in the welding area, that area is subject to corrosion. In many situations, it may be preferable to galvanize the steel after the welding process is complete.
Exceptionally strong and rust-resistant, stainless steel withstands contact with both fresh and salt water—but not chlorinated water, which will cause the steel to degrade quickly. It offers more corrosion resistance than galvanized steel, making it a great choice for marine and aerospace applications.
One major drawback is the cost: stainless steel can be about five times more expensive than galvanized steel. It also requires highly skilled welders with exceptional patience and control. Further, stainless steel can weld itself together if two pieces are in contact and the friction rubs through the coating, which could be a concern in certain applications.
Applications of Galvanized Steel vs. Stainless Steel
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Hinges, gaskets, and fasteners like nuts, bolts, screws, and nails are often made of galvanized steel to withstand extreme weather conditions. In high-moisture environments, like automobile exhaust pipes, marine applications, and the aerospace industry, stainless steel is typically the best choice.
Choosing between galvanized and stainless steel comes down to your application. For example, galvanized steel is not effective in marine applications. In that situation, stainless steel is essential.
However, in most circumstances, galvanized steel is going to be the more economical option. Materials and labor are both more affordable, and you can still depend on galvanized steel’s strength and long service life.
At Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping, we’ve been producing high-quality products for our clients for nearly 60 years. As a fourth-generation family-operated company, we’re committed to building long-term, trusted relationships with our clients by providing on-time delivery, a collaborative process, and a personalized approach to every project. Request a quote today, or contact us to learn more about our products and services and whether galvanized steel or stainless steel is best for your project.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Aluminum vs. Steel
Steel and aluminum are materials found in virtually every industry for a variety of industrial and consumer products. While they look similar, there are considerable differences between the two. In this blog, we’ll discuss both materials and their differences to help you determine the best one for your application.
Strength and Malleability
Aluminum is more elastic and ductile, allowing it to be bent, extruded, or stretched without cracking or breaking. It increases strength in colder environments, although it is susceptible to dents and scratches. In contrast, steel is tough and resilient but has the added risks of rust and corrosion, as well as cracking or ripping during spinning due to reduced malleability and ductility. However, it is a much harder and more durable material than aluminum, making it resistant to bending or warping from heat, weight, or force, or heat.
Aluminum vs. steel weight is a significant determinant in which material is preferable for applications where every extra pound can decrease speed, aerodynamics, and fuel efficiency. In those applications, aluminum is clearly superior as it is lightweight, easy to handle, and less expensive to ship. When durability is the primary concern, the weight of steel makes it the optimal choice due to the high concentration of carbon that results in 5x the weight and density of aluminum. However, shape and structural rigidity are other significant factors in the strength of a material, making aluminum a viable option at half the weight of steel.
Aluminum reigns supreme for corrosion resistance without additional treatments for protection after being extruded due to a naturally occurring oxide film that is an inhibitor to rust. Various optional finishes can enhance aluminum’s aesthetic appeal, such as brushing, painting, powder coating, anodizing, painting, media blasting, polishing, or chemical washing. In contrast, steel must be treated or painted to get the same level of protection from rust and corrosion. If steel is required for applications exposed to moisture, humidity, or abrasion, it must be treated appropriately to keep it from degrading.
When comparing stainless steel vs. aluminum cost, steel is frequently less expensive per pound than aluminum. However, the price of metals fluctuates constantly depending on fuel costs, price and availability of bauxite ore and iron, and global supply and demand. The price of steel can also depend upon the type. Carbon steel and mild steel are generally less expensive, while the cost of stainless steel can exceed that of aluminum.
Quality Services From Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping
There is no one winner when comparing aluminum vs. steel. They each have beneficial qualities that make them highly desirable and widely used across numerous industries and applications. Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping has over half a century of experience supplying hundreds of customers across North America with accurate, dependable services for both aluminum and steel, including stamping, metal spinning, hydroforming, and waterjet cutting services. We use cutting-edge technology and equipment along with a company-wide dedication to quality.
Contact us today to discuss your needs or for questions about our services and capabilities. Get pricing by submitting a quote request with a few details about your project.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Venturi Valve: What You Need to Know
What Is a Venturi Valve?
A venturi valve is an hourglass-shaped tube, with either end of the valve having a wider diameter than the narrowed center. Inside the valve is a cone that moves parallel to the body of the valve. As pressure within the valve changes, the cone moves forward or backward to modify flow rates through the valve assembly.
Venturi valves are specifically designed to provide flow regulation in response to pressure changes. HVAC ducts use venturi valves as airflow control valves to regulate and maintain airflow through the system. Unlike other methods, the venturi valve independently regulates airflow in response to changes in static pressure, without the need for communication between system components. The independence and fine control offered by venturi valves makes them ideal for maintaining both constant and variable airflow based on external conditions.
Venturi Valve Options
Venturi valves are available in a variety of factory-programmed calibrations to meet the specific requirements of numerous applications. They can be composed of a wide range of materials, including aluminum and steel, and are often treated or coated to enhance strength, chemical resistance, and corrosion resistance. Thermal insulation can also be added to the valve to reduce thermal loss and increase energy savings. Numerous valve flow designs are available depending on the needs of your application.
Constant and actuated valves are the two most common venturi valve designs. Constant volume venturi valves are engineered to provide a steady flow of air or fluid through the valve, regardless of duct pressure fluctuations. They are best suited for outdoor airflow regulation, ventilated cabinets, and biological safety cabinets. Actuated valves are typically used in dynamic systems where quick valve operation is critical. They use a cone situated on top of a shaft to restrict the flow of air through the valve opening to ensure consistent control.
Advantages of Venturi Valves
Venturi valves offer a variety of benefits for a wide range of applications and industries, including hospitals, universities, biological safety cabinets, and laboratories. They are incorporated into ventilation and HVAC systems to provide consistent, accurate control of pressure, temperature, and airflow.
Venturi valves are highly sensitive and operate independently, making them quick to respond and reducing the need for extensive room pressurization testing. They react extremely quickly to signals, making them perfect for sensitive operations in labs and ventilated cabinets.
Some venturi valve designs incorporate full shutoffs, which will keep the valve closed when not in operation in order to save energy. This energy efficiency is compounded by thermal insulation, which reduces thermal loss.
Why Partner with Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping?
Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping is a premier manufacturer of quality HVAC system components, including venturi valves. Our state-of-the-art metal spinning manufacturing process allows us to create highly durable, long-lasting components that can withstand even the most extreme operating conditions. We are pleased to offer venturi valves in a wide range of materials, including aluminum, cold-rolled steel, and stainless steel, and we are capable of providing custom manufactured valves in a wide range of sizes.
In addition to our exceptional metal spinning techniques, we use laser cutting technology to enhance your product quality. Using cutting-edge laser technology, we ensure highly accurate, symmetrical fan housings for optimal valve operation. With decades of experience, we understand the unique complexity of venturi valves, and we ensure highly effective, durable designs based on customer requirements and specifications.
Contact the Experts at Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping
Since 1964, Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping has been pleased to offer a wide range of metal manufacturing services, including metal stamping and spinning, hydroforming, waterjet cutting, and engineering. We pride ourselves on producing quality products and components for customers in every industry, from architecture and industrial installations to HVAC systems, lighting fixtures, and even furniture. To learn more about our venturi valves and other products and services, contact us today or request a quote to start your order.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Why Should I Use CNC Waterjet Cutting?
Waterjet cutting is a fabrication process that utilizes high-pressure streams of water (i.e., water jets) to cut materials into the desired shape and size. It can be categorized into two primary methods: pure waterjet cutting and abrasive waterjet cutting. Pure waterjet cutting uses water jets with no added media. It is typically employed for cutting softer, non-metallic materials, such as plastic, rubber, and foam. Abrasive waterjet cutting use waterjets with added abrasive particles. It is suitable for cutting harder materials, such as metals, glass, and stone.
While both waterjet cutting methods offer distinct advantages that make them suitable for particular applications, waterjet cutting, in general, can be used for a wide range of manufacturing projects, especially when integrated with computer numerical control (CNC) technology. Below, we highlight the advantages of CNC waterjet cutting.
Advantages of CNC Waterjet Cutting
There are many advantages to using CNC waterjet cutting over other cutting processes. For example:
It offers broad material suitability. CNC waterjet cutters can cut through virtually any material used in general fabrication operations.
It carries no risk of human error. Since CNC waterjet cutters are preprogrammed, there is minimal risk of a cutting operation proceeding incorrectly unless there is a programming error or machine malfunction.
It produces precise and accurate cuts. Compared to manual cutting operations, CNC waterjet cutting offers greater cutting precision and accuracy. It can consistently produce net-shape or near-net-shape parts from piece to piece and batch to batch. As a result, it decreases the need for any secondary procession operations to bring the parts to spec.
It accommodates complex shapes. CNC waterjet cutters can create highly complex three-dimensional shapes that would be impossible to produce using manual cutting machines.
It leaves no heat-affected zone (HAZ). As a cold cutting process, waterjet cutting does not generate significant amounts of heat, which reduces the risk of heat-related issues like thermal distortion or hardened edges. This quality is advantageous for components with exacting requirements.
It requires minimal fixturing. Waterjet cutters require minimal workpiece fixturing, which shortens setup time and reduces equipment costs for cutting operations.
It creates little to no waste. The waterjet cutting process generates little to no hazardous waste and accommodates water recycling through the use of closed-loop systems. Together, these qualities reduce waste generation and disposal costs. Additionally, since the process can achieve smaller cutting kerfs and higher cutting precision, individual parts can be placed closer together, allowing manufacturers to maximize the material utilization to waste generation ratio.
It is safe for machine operators. Waterjet cutting does not produce any dust or hazardous gases that can negatively affect operator health.
Waterjet Cutting Solutions at Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping
Looking for a waterjet cutting service provider for your next manufacturing project? Metal Craft Spinning and Stamping is the ideal partner. We’ve provided metal fabrication services for over 50 years. This extensive experience, combined with our state-of-the-art equipment, gives us the knowledge, skills, and tools we need to deliver high-quality metal components that fully meet your specifications and standards. Whether you require assistance with waterjet cutting or another manufacturing process, we’ve got you covered!
For a waterjet cutting partner committed to quality, on-time delivery, and personalized customer service, contact us today.
Posted by Metal Craft on | Comments Off on Copper Post Cap Production and Applications
Wooden decks and fencing need to be protected from the elements to keep them rot-free for extended periods of time. To achieve this, fitted caps can be installed on the top of posts in order to preserve them. While these caps can be produced from many materials, copper is a particularly long-lasting and attractive choice.
At Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping, we offer copper post caps designed to enhance the architectural features of your home or building while preventing wood rot. As a cost-effective protection option, our copper post caps are simple to install, and they are compatible with most post sizes. Copper post caps offer many benefits, making them useful in a wide range of applications.
Copper: A Smart Choice in Post Cap Production
Copper is a widely used alloy, and its beautiful appearance has led it to become particularly popular in decorative applications. Additionally, its excellent ability to conduct heat and electricity along with its high resistance to corrosion and good formability has allowed it to be used in many industries, with applications in roofing, lighting, and electronics.
One significant attribute of copper is that it can be remelted and used again without losing any of its chemical or physical properties. This has led it to be one of the most widely recycled metals. Copper can also be combined with other metals to form alloys, with the two most common copper alloys being brass and bronze.
How Post Caps Are Made
When producing copper post caps, the first step is to specify the required size and decide on which design elements the finished product will have. Next, metal stamping and spinning processes shape flat metal into the desired post cap shape. Metal spinning can be used to create products from 1 inch to 8 inches in diameter, while metal stamping is used to create many shapes and features.
Spinning and stamping are both cost-effective processes with quick production times that lead to a weld-free, smooth finished product. Whether you require high or low volume production, Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping can manufacture the metal components you need. If you need help selecting the best metal forming technique for your application, our experts are here to assist you with every step of the process.
Copper Post Cap Applications
Copper post caps are not only decorative features that add to the beauty of your property, but they’re also an extremely important protective asset for your posts. Properly capped posts remain in good condition for years, saving you lots of money on the cost of replacement. Post caps can be produced according to nearly any design plan to match your personal taste and style preferences.
There are many possible applications for copper post caps including:
Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping delivers custom-fitted post caps according to the specific measurements and design ideas of your project. Whatever your application, our team of metal-forming specialists will deliver accurately fabricated pieces.
Copper Post Caps from Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping
If you’re considering adding copper caps to beautify and preserve your fence or deck posts, Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping has a cost-effective custom design solution that will meet all of your needs. Copper in particular provides a sophisticated look that will continue to shine well into the future. For more information about our copper post caps, or to get started on your next project, contact us today.