Have you noticed how some materials rust over time, due to prolonged exposure to the environment? Those materials invariably contain iron and are called ferrous
The history of metal fabrication, alternatively known as metalworking, dates back to ancient times with the development of civilisation largely being down to the discovery
Here we present our best pick of the best laser engraver machines of 2021. Acquiring the laser cutter that will fulfill your needs may not
Cold welding is a welding process that needs little to no heat to fuse two metals together. Instead of heat, pressure is used to join
Strain hardening, also referred to as cold working or work hardening, is the process where metals are made stronger and harder through permanent deformation. You
Are you an engineer in the industrial or commercial sector? If you are part of the design team, you must know that selecting the best
Sustainability is increasingly becoming a central aspect of our world, particularly within the materials industry. Multiple sustainability indicators within environmental, economic, and social schemes are
This article will teach you how to use SolidWorks bend table when working with sheet metal. We will also look at how you can create
Hydraulic fluid is a versatile, multi-function necessity for machinery everywhere. You would be hard pressed to find a machine that doesn’t require hydraulic fluid to
So, here we have 150 ton hydraulic press and 150 ton force sensor. The following metals are going to be tested: Copper, Iron, Tin, Aluminium
3D printing has been widely adopted for rapid prototyping as well as for low-volume, end-use parts. The term “3D printing” is synonymous with additive manufacturing,
The most popular question about Parylene: “Can my xxx be Parylene coated?” The number of substrate surfaces that can be coated with parylene is plenty.
CNC fabrication involves the use of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines to shape and resize a block of material (known as a workpiece) by automatically
Metal 3D printers have been around for over a decade but have been out of reach for most. With the introduction of the Markforged Metal
The best way to describe electroforming is a metal forming process used to manufacture parts using electrolyte deposition onto a model. In the manufacturing industry
Shot peening (also known as shot blasting) is a surface conditioning process carried out after various manufacturing processes. In simple terms it increases/improves the surface
Electropolishing is a material removal process using an electrically powered chemical process called electrolysis. In this process the amount of material being removed is very
In simple terms, the melting point of steel for example, is the temperature when it starts to change from a solid state to a liquid.
Metal additive manufacturing (AM) has been steadily gaining traction in the manufacturing industry. At present, there is a big focus on advanced aerospace, medical and
Iron is one of the most alloyed elements on earth. It combines with various elements to form numerous materials. These materials all have different desirable
Bandsawing: As per the name of the process, the saw is formed as a band and is continuously cycled in one direction around pulley wheels.
Do you know a thermoplastic as highly performing as Torlon®? The other name for this strong material is polyamide-imide (PAI). PAI’s excellent chemical and physical
The dimensioning of materials to suit our needs has soared in the last decade through the use of composites. There are other materials though, human
Centrifugal casting is a permanent mold process which makes use of centrifugal force to fill a mold with molten material. There are 3 types of
Different heating methodologies have historically been used for both domestic and commercial purposes. Conduction, convection and radiation are the main types of heat transfer, with
What is Broaching? How does a broach work? Broaching is a subtractive manufacturing process that produces features by removing material form a part with a
Is it possible to use ionized gas as fuel? Have you ever wondered what makes those neon signs glow? Or what makes the auroras so
Imagine pulling a rubber band with both hands, in opposite directions. The rubber band is elastic and expands. Beyond a certain point, however, when the
Farmers have The Old Farmer’s Almanac and parents have the famous book Baby and Childcare. Have you ever wondered what the ‘Bible’ of aircraft engineering
Die casting is a permanent mould casting process in which molten metal is poured into a mould and removed after solidification. There are two main
Too much choice can be paralysing. Just think if you went to a shop to pick up some glue and there were thousands of different
Have you been wanting to understand more about the Galvanic Series – what it is exactly, and how it can help you make decisions about
Let’s talk about gold engineering alloys. Gold has been one of the most revered precious metals from the birth of civilisation. As a symbol of
In this article, we’re going to look at 304 stainless steel properties and what makes it such a popular choice across a range of applications.
While there are many materials which are tough and long-lasting and others which are malleable it is difficult to find materials which have all of
Swaging is a process that belongs to the forging class of manufacturing processes, where the dimensions of the work piece is changed using dies which
Metals, plastic, ceramics, and composites are used by engineers every day. We all know common properties like; metals are strong but heavy, plastics are lighter
INVAR: The amazing super-low thermal expansion alloy you’ve never heard of – that’s been around for over 100 years.
While it is highly likely that many people have never heard of Invar this is an alloy which has been round for more than 100
Kovar is an iron nickel cobalt alloy with a coefficient of thermal expansion similar to that of hard glass. This might make sense to those of
“Eureka! Gold is found!” …though the expression “Eureka” is often attributed to Archimedes, it was likely not he who coined the phrase. The ancient legend says