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Five Things to Know Before Manufacturing Your Prototype

Prototype Manufacturing – Here are Five Things You Should Know: New product development is an exciting endeavor whether you are a startup inventor or a large company expanding its product line. But before you jump into building your prototype, there are a few things to know about prototype manufacturing. 1) Think about the purpose of the prototype What are you […]

Heat Treating – the in’s and out’s of heat treating metal

Purpose of heat treatment: Heat treatment is used to improve the mechanical properties of metals. Desirable qualities improved by heat treating include strength, hardness, ductility, toughness, and wear resistance. There are four main types of heat treatment: Annealing is used to soften metals such as iron, steel, copper, brass, and silver. It involves heating the metal and then allowing it […]

Manufacturing in the UK

Some Cool UK Manufacturing Statistics I have been in England visiting family the past couple of weeks. While it was a respite from my normal work routine in the States, I was naturally curious about the manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom. In between visiting Bath, eating fish and chips in quaint coastal towns, and enjoying the company of aunts, […]

The Next Industrial Revolution

Who is Prepared for the New Industrial Revolution? The next industrial revolution is on its way – the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) will change the way manufacturers gather, interpret, and distribute data in order to improve efficiency. What is IIoT? IIoT is a part of a much larger concept; the Internet of Things. IoT is a vast, cloud-based service […]

The Fundamentals of Passivation

What is Passivization And Why is it Important Passivization Overview: Passivization is a way to protect against rust. It is a process that treats a metal in order to reduce the chemical reactivity of its surface. Even though stainless steel is naturally corrosion resistant, it is often passivized post-fabrication in order to maximize this resistance. It is an interesting process […]

Challenges Manufacturers Face Today

3 Challenges Manufacturers Need to Overcome Manufacturing is not what it used to be, and that is a good thing! Machine shops are now a clean, save environment, and they house some of the most high end technologies and equipment. However, that means there are many new challenges manufacturers face today. Here are three of these obstacles and how to […]

Choosing a Precision Products Manufacturer

What to Consider When Choosing a Precision Products Manufacturer What is precision manufacturing? Precision products manufacturers utilize specific blueprints made by CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) programs to produce complex parts. It often calls for the programming and use of CNC (computer numerically controlled) devices. CNC machines have the capability to produce the required exact dimensions […]

3 Important Things to Consider before Making a Part

1) Due Date The due date is analyzed against the quantity to determine how long the job will need to run. With this information, we can decide which machinists will be running a part, and when they will be doing it. 2) Part Size It is important to know how large the part is going to be because certain machines […]

Manufacturing in Rhode Island

In light of going to the the Rhode Island Manufacturing B2B event this week, I thought it would be fitting to share some cool facts about manufacturing in Rhode Island. Rhode Island is best known for manufacturing jewelry and silverware, but the leading manufactured product is electrical equipment. The first spinning jenny in the United States was built in providence […]