What Is Tempered Steel?

Based on its name alone, you may assume that tempered steel is a unique type of steel with a specific ratio of iron to carbon. While tempered steel is, in fact, an iron alloy, it still has the same amount … Read More

Machining: A Beginner’s Guide to Machining Processes

Even if you have little or no knowledge about the manufacturing industry, you’ve probably heard the term “machining.” It’s used extensively by manufacturing companies to convert raw materials into finished products. Based on the name alone, you may assume that … Read More

Why Iron Rusts (And How to Prevent It)

Iron is arguably one of the world’s most important metals. It’s relatively strong, lightweight and malleable, making it an effective material for countless products. In its natural state, however, iron is highly susceptible to rusting. Over time, the versatile metal … Read More

Why should you invest in washers?

Washers are often overlooked, yet equally important, companions to any type of fastening system. They’re like the bass player in a rock band – seldom noticed, but their presence holds the group together. Made from either plastic or steel, these … Read More

What Is a Captive Fastener?

While typically small in size, fasteners play an essential role in the production of countless goods and products. As their name suggests, they are designed to “fasten” two or more surfaces. Not all fasteners are the same, however. Conventional screws … Read More

What Is Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)?

Laser cutting isn’t the method available for reshaping workpieces made of hard materials. Whether a workpiece is made of aluminum, steel or titanium, its shape can probably be manipulated using electrical discharge machining (EDM). But what exactly is EDM? Overview … Read More

Why Gold Is Used in Electronics

With an average price of nearly $1,500 per ounce, as of October 2019, gold ranks as one of the most expensive metals in the world. Even with its high price, though, it’s commonly used in the manufacturing of electronics. From … Read More