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Water Jet Metal Cutting: For Heavy Duty Industries

The major metallic element utilizing industries in our modern day market produce large scale items such as the automotive, aerospace, aviation, marine and manufacturing equipment industries. Numerous manufacturing processes enable them to produce these large metallic products, such as space shuttles, ships, commercial airplanes, semi-trucks, farming equipment like tractors and large drills presses, etc. however, there are many factors that play into which process each industry, or even individual company may choose. As far as expenses and environmental friendliness there is one process that rises above the rest; water jet metal cutting. In essence the same as any water jet cutting process, particularly the high pressure water cutting necessary for such strong materials, water jet metal cutting is excellent for heavy duty industry use.

Abrasive Flow Machining: The Secondary Process

Most water jet cutting references apply to a primary process that begins the fabrication of a material, ushering it through its first stage of production rather then the middle or end section. This is partly because the waterjet cutting machinery is able to shape, form and cut materials with smooth edges that resembles the natural water corrosion process except done within minutes instead of months or years. Particularly when abrasive material, such as finely cut garnet or diamond pieces are mixed in with the water that is sprayed at high speeds at the material to cut it down to the precise dimensions dictated by the CNC program that usually runs it.

Chemical Etching: Metals and Acids

It is not strange for those in heavy industries to be familiar with different types of metal. For those in the metal industries, it is common to be experts at the different types, their characteristics, benefits and disadvantages. Yet, many who are not involved in this industry might not think that being knowledgeable of chemicals is also vitally important. To many, metal working is melting down metals and reforming them, or else perhaps machining them with various tools. Those not involved in the metal industry are probably wondering, how do the chemists fit into the equation?

The Many Applications of Poly Tubing

A poly tube is simply a tube made from polyurethane plastic. Poly tubes can be manufactured in a variety of sizes for many different uses from water pipes to oil and gas lines. Typically, the poly tube is used similarly to a traditional pipe for the transfer of water or other liquids from one place to another. You can find poly tubes specifically made for the following uses:

Exponential Growth for Laser Die Cutting

Laser die cutting has been a proven method of precision forming in this decade, but where does the technology go from here? Researchers and innovators are reaching out for new procedures and technologies to further expand the laser revolution. These newer fabrications are designed for deeper boring, micro-trimming and extensive scribing. Laser cutting devices are now being manufactured for higher accessibility and compact designs with plug-and-play usability. Advancements like these have been a catalyst for making the technology more affordable. These new lasers are now obtainable for previously unthinkable environments such as small shop purposes and household applications. By branching out to different customer bases there is a greater potential to uncover even more technological discoveries.

Get to Know Custom Laser Cutting Equipment

Ever wonder how the stimulation of a carbon dioxide or neodymium-aluminum-garnet lasing material with either electrical discharges or radio frequency resonators can be used to facilitate industrial cutting or surface finishing processes? If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably an emphatic “Huh?” There’s something about lasers and their operating principles that seem opaque and distant to me. I’d bet that most people I know are aware that “laser” is an acronym, but I doubt that many of them know what it stands for, and even fewer of them could describe how lasers work. The trouble may be that lasers don’t enjoy very accurate representation in media, or it may be that our encounters with lasers in daily life are not very personal or direct. But it’s clear that we benefit from their use in many ways.

The Beauty of Metal Etching

If you start researching the topic of metal etching, one common application of this process is prevalent in the results – jewelry etching. It may play strongly into the stereotype of what it means to be female, but I unashamedly like pretty things – jewelry being one of them. Now, I work for an industrially focused company, am surrounded all day by industrial terms and topics, and I spend a good portion of my time writing about industrial processes (which, more often than not, are anything but pretty). So, if there is a way to incorporate something like jewelry into that world, I will attempt to do it. It is widely accepted that there are different ways in which people learn, but I think a commonality in the effective grasping of an idea or a new piece of knowledge is being interested in that idea or knowledge in the first place. I for one would far rather learn about the processes of acid etching, chemical machining or metal engraving by applying those methods to something that already interests me, such as jewelry. I do realize that an at-home jewelry maker experimenting with various chemicals and achieving amateur results is vastly different in both technique and precision to a high-technology state-of-the-art chemical milling process producing a semi-conductor chip. The principle steps of the methods, however, are similar enough to be connected.

CNC Machining: From Punch Cards to Precise, Identical Parts Fast!

Do you remember your parents talking about their experience with computers in school? My dad would always refer to ‘punch cards’ that had to be manually inserted into the computer to get the desired results. He says that it wasn’t until he was in college that he started using these punch cards to create simple accounting programs, and this was in the year 1977. The farthest back I can remember is to that one computer in the back of my second grade classroom and the big floppy disks (actual flexible floppy, not the hard disks yet) we inserted for some reason that’s a bit blurry to me now, probably some sort of ‘game’ to help us learn addition and subtraction. I was in second grade in 1989-1990, and the demise of punch cards wasn’t so long ago if you think about it. They were in common use through the mid-1970s; this decade marked the beginning of CNC machining and various computer numerical controlled devices.

Sturdy, Stable, Stupendous: Stainless Steel Tubing

The history of stainless steel, though just a century long, is a bit confusing to say the least. French scientist Leon Guillet sought to analyze iron-nickel-chrome alloys in 1906, creating a material that would now be known as stainless steel though it was not at the time. The anti-corrosive material was again ‘invented’ in 1912 by Benno Strauss and Eduard Maurer, Germans looking for a new hull for their yachts. That same year Elwood Haynes ‘discovered’ the material to combat the frequent rusting of his razor blades. Though his patent was not secured until 1919, Haynes still beat out fellow 1912 inventor Harry Brearley who announced this ‘new’ material several years later. Though the debate may never reach a conclusion, it is known that that last contender, Harry Brearley, who sought a more rugged material for rifle barrels, did with great certainty invent the first stainless steel tubing.

Tube Fabrication: Slipping, Sliding, Riding and Guiding the Way through Summer

Less than a week away from the official start of the season, the signs of summer are abundant throughout the state of Michigan. Schools are letting out, water parks are filled with loyal patrons waiting in long lines for the cool relief offered by the oversized slides, both motorcycles and bicycles line the streets and sidewalks and the most popular camping sites are just about at capacity. As Michiganders slosh down giant water filled tubes at high speed, balance precariously on the framework of a bike or wrestle with unruly canopy and tent frames; it’s unlikely that most will consider the industrial processes that make each of these pastimes possible. More than just a summer commodity, tubes and tube fabrication play an important role in recreation and daily life throughout the year.

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