The 4 Types of Cast Iron

Consisting of iron with more than 2% carbon, cast iron is a versatile metal that’s used in a wide range of consumer and commercial applications. It’s been around since the 5th century B.C., during which cast iron was used to … Read More

How Does Compression Molding Work?

Compression molding is a molding process that involves the use of a heated and pressurized plastic polymer material to create three-dimensional objects. From rubber boots and shoes to automotive fenders and spoilers, it’s become a common process in the manufacturing … Read More

6 Fun Facts About Nails

Nails are a common fastener used in construction and woodworking applications. Consisting of a long and narrow piece of solid metal with a pointed tip and flattened head, they are used to secure two or more objects together. Even if … Read More

Drilling vs Boring vs Reaming: What’s the Difference?

Drilling, boring and reaming and three common processes performed by manufacturing companies. All three processes involve, to some degree, creating a new hole or modifying an existing hole in a workpiece. While most people are familiar with drilling, though, many … Read More

What Is a Milling Cutter?

A milling cutter is an essential component of a milling machine. As the name suggests, it’s the cutting tool that’s responsible for scraping material out of a workpiece. All milling machines have a cutter. During a typical milling operation, the … Read More

The 4 Steps of High-Pressure Die Casting

Also known as traditional die casting, high-pressure die casting is a metal casting process that involves injecting molten metal — steel, zinc, copper, aluminum, lead, magnesium, etc. — into a three-dimensional mold. The base metal is heated until it achieves … Read More

5 Fast Facts About Hex Keys

Not all fasteners require the use of a traditional Phillips head screwdriver. Some require other tools to tighten or loosen the fastener. Hex screws, for example, are characterized by a unique hexagonal shape that requires the use of a hex … Read More