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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.

Sinkholes and Sinking Metal

Sinkholes can go by many names, sink, snake hole, swallow hole, wallet, doline or cenote. These products can be the cause of mankind or the natural environment and can occur suddenly or gradually. It is a hole in the surface of the earth and can be caused by karst or suffusion processes. They can be the result of excessive drainage or from sudden dryness. Basically what happens is something triggers an underground collapse, the material falls in and a sinkhole is the result. Some can be a pain like one that might result from a pavement collapse, and others are beautiful such as the Great Blue Hole in Belize.

Progressive Metal Stamping

Stamping is a generic term for a number of different forming processes applied to sheet metal. Also called “pressing,” the methods include bending, lancing and piercing, blanking, coining, drawing, and repoussé and chasing. Your choice of process will depend on the result you are looking for, as well as the material you are working with; but often you will find that relying on a single process will not give you the results you want. That is where progressive stamping comes in, a method of working metal that combines the singular methods mentioned above into a single process driven by an automatic feed system for the raw metal.

Rotary Broaching for Straight Cuts

Broaching is a common metal working process, however rotary broaching is less prevalent than linear broaching. Rotary broaching, also called wobble broaching requires two tooling components: a broach and a tool holder. Wobble broaching as it is sometimes called is derived from the slight angle the tool is positioned in, which makes the process look as if it is wobbling. Rotary broaching is generally used on lathes, milling machines or screw machines. The process of rotary broaching is also sometimes done by hand.

The Many Shapes of Aluminum

There are many structures and buildings in the world constructed, at least partially, with aluminum. Despite being a soft metal initially, when aluminum is alloyed with other materials, such as magnesium and silicone, it is quite strong and is highly resistant to corrosion over a long period of time, such as wind, rain and snow. In addition to this, is a highly attractive metal that can be easily cleaned— the stunning sheen of aluminum makes it especially good for various ornamental sections of a building. An example of this is Australian’s Parliament House, which is prized by its people as being the largest aluminum structure in the Southern Hemisphere.

Why Use Color Anodizing?

Color Anodizing is a great way to add color to metal parts and products, such as the iPod Nano color cases. The color doesn’t scratch off! This is because the color is not just applied, the metal itself is dyed. The process is used most often with aluminum, but titanium, magnesium, zinc, and tantalum are also metals that tend to take color well due to their ability to react freely with oxygen. Aluminum and titanium are the most common choices because of their hardness and uses outside of anodizing. Anodizing has its own benefits, including mechanical properties like increased surface hardness, but the addition of color is primarily used for part differentiation/identification and cosmetic purposes such as brand recognition. Both of these roles are very important when it comes to manufacturing a high quality, marketable product.

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