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What You Should Know About Metal Business Cards

You’ve probably seen metal business cards in person before, from dinner parties to networking events. Hey, even Steve Wozniak has one that he famously passes around. But beyond their initial shine, there are a few things that you should know about them.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: 5 Trends Leading the Industry

While drones may not be a new technology, it’s only recently that their mass adoption and use has grown. Amidst this growth, the majority of opportunities have come from the commercial and civil side. In fact, according to 2016 research from Goldman Sachs, commercial and civil organizations are expected to spend $13 billion on drones…

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How UAV Design Has Evolved Over the Years

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have come a long way in recent years. Lightweight parts and sophisticated sensors are now the norm, and cutting-edge technologies once reserved for industrial and military applications are available to consumers at relatively low costs.

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Maintaining a Tight Tolerance for Heat Flux Gauge Masks

In the aerospace industry, instrumentation is an important point of concern. Researchers are constantly searching for ways to design precise, reliable instruments that deliver accurate measurements.

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The Stack Up: Metal Etching Versus Laser Cutting

When designing or sourcing a manufacturer for a flat precision metal component, trying to determine whether laser cutting or photochemical etching* is the best alternative method to produce it can be difficult. And as with nearly every component, the answer may not be black and white.

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3 Situations Where Chemical Etching Is the Way to Go

Any time you need to make a custom metal part, there’s a wide range of manufacturing methods available. The challenge can be selecting the right one that best fits your needs—including quality, cost, turnaround time and manufacturability. In many cases, chemical etching (also known as photo chemical machining) offers clear advantages over other processes.

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Switzer Upgrades Wastewater Treatment System at Blasdell Facility

Switzer, a precision metal parts provider, announces a major project to replace the wastewater treatment system at its production facility in Blasdell. The upgrade is part of a company-wide initiative to improve energy efficiency and safety of its operations.   

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What is a photo tool? And how is it different than hard tooling?

Short Version: Photo tools are an essential step in the etching process. They are the means by which we transfer your design from your CAD file onto the metal.

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5 Techniques Used in Sheet Metal Fabrication

Sheet metal fabrication is a process that involves various techniques. While each comes with its own advantages, it’s important to consider how these benefits apply to your specific design.

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Enhancing the Tooling and Manufacturing of Metal Parts

The way products are manufactured has a crucial impact on their success in the market. This is true not only of the processes behind their development but also the design and engineering of tools used for fabrication—or what’s known as tooling.

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