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Etching Stainless Steel: Which Technique Works Best?

Chemical Etching

The integrity of every design is impacted by material selection. Choose the wrong material, and your application is subject to an unpredictable, potentially short life. Choose the right material, and your application has a much higher probability...

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What is Metal Etching?

Chemical Etching

From simple parts to complex components used in modern manufacturing, a wide variety of metal parts are created through photochemical etching. A subtractive process by which small pieces are removed from sheet metal, metal etching has proven to...

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Electromagnetic Field Protection in the Digital World

RF/EMI Shields

Many devices around us have the ability to collect intelligent data about our day-to-day lives. Personal computers store records of the websites you’ve visited; smartphones can keep tabs on your location; and GPS trackers monitor the routes you...

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Designing Industrial Water Filters for Sustainability

Industrial Centrifuges

As the world’s population continues to climb, so does the need to conserve water. Environmental responsibility demands water-efficient industrial processes, and commercial water users must make better use of costly resources to serve the growing...

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How EMI Shielding Techniques Are Powering the Future of EV/Hybrid Vehicles

RF/EMI Shields

It’s hard to remember a time where streets were void of electric and hybrid vehicles. In fact, it’s quite common these days to see plug-in stations in parking lots and hear of well-known automotive brands embracing the electric culture.

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New Opportunities Indoors for Commercial Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are growing in commercial popularity by leaps and bounds, and Goldman Sachs recently predicted businesses and civil governments will spend $13 billion on drones by 2020. From farming to filmmaking, there seems to...

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5 Industries Fueling the Industrial Filtration Market

Industrial Centrifuges

From the food we eat to the water we drink to the oil that powers our cars, most substances we use require some form of filtration. As raw materials are converted to usable goods, solids must be separated from liquids; wastes set aside; and...

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Enhancing the Tooling and Manufacturing of Metal Parts

Customer Stories

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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EMI Protection: 3 of the Most Common Myths

RF/EMI Shields

When radios first made their debut, noise interruptions—from pops and bangs to more subtle disruptions—were all chalked up to being part of the listening experience. But as electronic systems began to appear in military applications, the impact...

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How UAV Design Has Evolved Over the Years

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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...

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Why EMI Shielding Is Crucial for EMI Compliance

RF/EMI Shields

From simple consumer devices to cutting-edge aerospace equipment, all electronic devices share the electromagnetic spectrum. In close proximity, these devices readily interfere with each other’s performance. Radiated interference (RFI) travels...

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An Innovative Design for Wearable Medical Devices

Wearable Sensors, Customer Stories

Electronic gadgets are quickly becoming a second skin for humans. Just like a temporary tattoo, wearable medical devices and sensors can be applied directly to the skin to monitor people’s health while they perform their daily activities.

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Industrial Centrifuges: Comparing The Two Main Types

Industrial Centrifuges

Industrial centrifuges have a home in a variety of fields. The chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food processing industries all rely on these tools to separate heterogeneous mixtures.

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4 of the Biggest Challenges in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The business of unmanned aerial vehicles is booming. By 2025, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) predicts that the U.S. drone industry will establish over 100,000 jobs and contribute $82 million to the economy.

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Why RF Shielding Is Important To Your Design

RF/EMI Shields

Radio frequency interference, or RFI, takes on many forms. It could be a humming microwave that causes a Wi-Fi connection to waver, or perhaps the sounds of a cell phone transmitter traveling through the airwaves of your car stereo.

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Custom Metal Fabrication for a Medical Device Company

Customer Stories

A partnership between a metal fabricator and a customer is not built on just one positive experience. It’s an ongoing commitment of working together to fulfill current product needs and identifying opportunities for improvement.

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Metal Manufacturing: When It's Time to Modify Processes

Metal Fabrication

There’s comfort in sticking with the metal manufacturing processes you’ve always used. But what you might not realize is how shifting over to new manufacturing methods can potentially address many of the challenges you face.

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3 Situations Where Chemical Etching Is the Way to Go

Chemical Etching

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...

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3 Qualities to Look For in a Metal Design Partner

Metal Fabrication

With a concept in mind for a metal part, you’re ready to take the next step and choose a metal design partner. As you research your options, it’s important to know which qualities to look for in a partnership—ones that will ultimately fuel...

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: 5 Trends Leading the Industry

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

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...

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3 Metal Fabrication Requirements to Consider

Metal Fabrication

In any type of design or manufacturing process, there are a variety of requirements to consider. Whether it relates to the performance of the finished product or the associated costs, every piece of the puzzle is crucial to long-term success.

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Maintaining a Tight Tolerance for Heat Flux Gauge Masks

Customer Stories

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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How to Balance Quality & Speed in Metal Design

Metal Fabrication

Designing metal parts can often feel like a balancing act. On one hand, there is the pressure to produce high-quality designs that deliver optimal performance. On the other hand, competition within the market and customer demands fuel the need...

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4 Industries that Can Benefit from Chemical Etching

Chemical Etching

Chemical etching can play an important role in metal part fabrication. Lead times allow for more flexibility; tighter tolerances can be achieved; scalable volumes are made possible.

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The Value of Customization in Metal Design

Metal Fabrication

It wasn’t too long ago that businesses relied on stock sheet metal parts and components for their manufacturing processes. Now, it’s custom metal parts/components that are coming to the surface.

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5 Techniques Used in Sheet Metal Fabrication

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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Questions to Ask Before Metal Fabrication Begins

Metal Fabrication

It’s an exciting time: You’ve completed the CAD design for your metal part and are ready to move things over to the fabrication stage.

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The Metal Manufacturing of Quality Parts & Components

Metal Fabrication

Quality — It’s a term we all hear about in the manufacturing world. Customers expect it and manufacturers have to meet this demand to ensure satisfaction and loyalty.

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Switzer Upgrades Wastewater Treatment System at Blasdell Facility

Switzer News

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...

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Are Business Cards Dead in the Digital Age?

Metal Business Cards

Forbes declared business cards dead, claiming they’re static, being used wrong, and they don’t reflect our life in a high-speed gig economy. Well, they’re partly right.

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What You Should Know About Metal Business Cards

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...

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

Chemical Etching

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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The Stack Up: Metal Etching Versus Laser Cutting

Chemical Etching

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,...

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X How Can Chemical Etching Advance Your Metal Parts?