Materials Guides

OneMonroe utilizes a diverse array of materials to manufacture high-quality end-products tailored to meet the specific needs of various applications. Our extensive material inventory ensures that we can provide the exact specifications required for your projects. Whether you need standard materials or specialized options, we are equipped to accommodate a wide range of industrial demands.

If your application requires a unique material that isn’t typically available, Monroe offers custom manufacturing services to create products in the specific materials you need. This bespoke production capability allows us to serve unique and complex requirements, ensuring that your specifications are met with precision and efficiency.

Our technical articles delve into the properties and applications of different materials, providing valuable insights that help professionals make informed choices. These resources are designed to aid in understanding how various materials can impact the performance and durability of the end-products, enhancing both functionality and lifespan in diverse industrial environments.

Material Pros and Cons

Manufacturing Material Types Types Pros Cons
Polymers are a type of natural or synthetic substance made up of very large molecules that are multiples of smaller chemical units known as monomers.

Learn more about Plastic Material Guide and Rubber and Seals Elastomeric Properties
  • Polyethylene
  • Nylon
  • Teflon
  • Cellulose
  • Rubber
  • Malleable
  • Inexpensive
  • Simple to work with
  • Low Melting Point
  • Embed Color Easy
  • Faster to Production
  • Better at Chemical Resistance
  • Lighter
  • Dent Resistance
  • Lower-quality results
  • Less durability
  • Limited heat capacity
  • Wear Resistance
  • Possible degradation
  • No UV-inhibitor
  • Metals are materials that have a lustrous appearance when freshly produced, polished, or shattered, and carry electricity and heat reasonably well. Metals are either malleable or ductile (they may be hammered into thin sheets) (can be drawn into wires).

    Learn more about metal types.
  • Steel
  • Iron (Wrought or Cast)
  • Aluminum
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Bronze
  • Zinc
  • Titanium
  • Tungsten
  • Nickel
  • Cobalt
  • Durable
  • High-quality results
  • Heat and cold resistant
  • Handle Temperatures better
  • Higher tensile strength
  • Can be challenging to work with
  • Higher Overall Costs
  • Difficult to source
  • Tooling Requirements
  • Post Fabrication Processes
  • Heavier
  • Material Blog Articles

    An Introduction to Inorganic Antimicrobial Coatings

    You might not be able to see them, but germs are everywhere. Studies show that a typical desk surface contains over 10 million germs. Aside from cleaning surfaces, though, there are other ways to stop these microscopic invaders from spreading. … Read More

    The Benefits of Non-Ferrous Metals

    Non-ferrous metals are used in countless manufacturing applications. You can find them in airplane fuselages as well automotive engines, fasteners, wiring kits, building roofs, pipes and more. Unlike ferrous metals, non-ferrous metals contain any meaningful amount of iron. They are … Read More

    The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver

    Silver doesn’t just offer a lustrous and shiny appearance; it has antimicrobial properties that protect it from bacteria, fungi and viruses. You can often find pull handles, hinges and other objects made of silver for this very reason. With a … Read More

    An Introduction to Passivation in Metalworking

    Metal parts and components are often processed to protect against corrosion. While there are different types of corrosion-inhibiting processes in metalworking, one of the most common is passivation. It’s used with a variety of different metals and alloys, including aluminum, … Read More

    Thermoplastic vs Thermoset Materials: What’s the Difference?

    Thermoplastic and thermoset are two common types of polymer-based materials used in the manufacturing industry. They are used to make everything from knobs and buttons to cable shielding, machine parts and more. Thermoplastic isn’t the same as thermoset, however. While … Read More

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