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  • Mechanical Springs vs Gas Springs

    Mechanical Springs vs Gas Springs

    • March 12, 2019

    When most people hear the word “spring,” they envision a coiled piece of metal that’s able to retract under pressure, followed by bouncing back to its normal state after the pressure has been released. While this is a common way in which springs are designed, not all springs feature this design. There are different types

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  • Think All Metal Rolling Is the Same? Think Again.

    Think All Metal Rolling Is the Same? Think Again.

    • March 9, 2019

    In metalworking, rolling involves forcing metal — either cool or heated — through one or more rollers to change the metal’s physical properties. The rollers compress bar or sheet metal, thereby making it thinner while also achieving a more uniform size and shape. Not all metal rolling is the same, however. There are different types

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  • What Is a Machine Press? And How Does It Work?

    What Is a Machine Press? And How Does It Work?

    • March 8, 2019

    Also known as a forming press, a machine press is a tool used in the manufacturing industry to deform a workpiece under high pressure. There are different types of machines presses, including press brakes, punch presses, shop presses and more. The defining characteristic of all machine presses, however, is that they press a workpiece using

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  • 5 Fast Facts About Calendaring

    5 Fast Facts About Calendaring

    • March 7, 2019

    When most people hear the word “calendar,” they immediately envision a dated calendar featuring the months and days of the year. However, a calendar can also refer to a material-finishing machine used for calendaring. With calendaring, materials such as plastic, rubber or fabrics are pressed through the cylindrical rollers (see image to the left), which

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  • Broaching for Beginners: What You Should Know

    Broaching for Beginners: What You Should Know

    • March 5, 2019

    Broaching is a common machining process that’s used to selectively remove material from a workpiece. It differs from other machining processes by relying on a specific tool called a broach. As the broach pushes against or pulls through the surface of the workpiece, it leaves behind a hole. The primary advantage of using broaching when

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