So just how influential is domestic manufacturing to the US economy? We came across some facts and statistics that we found very interesting and wanted to share:
Today’s blog post will distinguish the difference between Custom Manufacturing and Mass Production. Having knowledge of the difference between the two greatly influences two things, 1. how the part will be made, 2. the cost to make the part. Simply put custom and mass production are polar opposites of each other. Here’s why: Continue reading
Many people have perceptions about powder coat; many of which are incorrect. This blog post will demonstrate how many of the rumors about powder coat are false! Before we jump right into the myths, lets first explain what powder coat is and how it works:
What is powder coat?
Powder coat is a type of finish that is applied to metal parts to create a cosmetic and durable coating. Unlike liquid paint, powder coat is applied as a dry powder using electrostatic which does not require a solvent. The end result creates a finish similar to liquid paint, but can be more durable. Powder coat is commonly used for home appliances, automobiles, bicycles, fences, metal furniture, and more. Continue reading
The new manufacturing industry revolution is 3D printing. This revolutionary technology is taking on manufacturing by storm due to its ease of use, accessibility, and low lost. Many people have an idea of what 3D printing is, but might not know how it works or how a printer can make products. The easiest way to visualize how a 3D printer works is to image an inkjet printer that uses material instead of ink. So each time the ink cartridges run past a sheet of paper to distribute ink, rather than ink, it would be like a glue from a hot glue gun running past the sheet of paper to distribute glue. The 3D printer goes over the same spot multiple times to distribute material to its desired height and shape.
This technology, which is also known as additive manufacturing, is capable of creating things from apparel, to toys, to medical devices, to prototype manufacturing. The possibilities are really endless. So the question comes to mind, will 3D printing replace normal manufacturing? There are many factors that go into answering this question like the quantity to be manufactured, the material being used, and its functionality. Continue reading
Being in the sheet metal fabrication world means working with people from all over. Whether it’s the US or overseas, working with companies from different countries means knowing the different fabrication standards that others are accustomed to. This includes being aware of the measurement system that is used. Many times dimensional prints will show the dimensions in either imperial/US or metric. Being aware of the different measurement systems will save you from havoc of manufacturing parts to the inappropriate dimension. Which is why it is so important to know how to convert dimensions of parts. So to save some time, we have created this blog post as your Go-To For Measurement Conversions. So be sure to bookmark this page for future use. Continue reading