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Raw Extrusion ROI for the Automotive Industry

When it comes to automotive metal parts, looks matter. Interior and exterior aesthetics can make or break a sale, so only the highest quality will suffice. However, there are manufacturing challenges associated with producing parts such as automotive trim, especially when it comes to producing eye-catching value at a reasonable cost. Raw aluminum extrusions, with…
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Reinventing Bathroom Handle Design with Hydroforming

Thirty years ago, a bath rack was just a bath rack. Thanks to a booming economy, consumers have begun demanding more aesthetically-integrated designs with high-end materials. Inexpensive, “practical” metals are giving way to titanium alloys with brass finishes. Like the kitchen, the bath is evolving into new design opportunities for quality, form, and authenticity. New…
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Turning Raw Extrusions into Real Value

There are a number of benefits to extrusions as opposed to casting or forging metal parts. These benefits are particularly apparent in pieces that are near net shape and produced in long lengths. One of the challenges extruders have is that their use for complex parts can be limited. This is why it is so…
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Why an “Early and Often” Metal Engineering Approach Leads to Superior Manufactured Products

Successfully navigating a design-to-delivery process for manufacturing a complex OEM product or assembly not only requires sourcing the right metal fabrication partner, but also sourcing them as early in the process as possible. While your in-house team are experts on what the consumer wants to see in terms of product design, it’s challenging to be…
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How to Manufacture High-Quality Tool Chest Handles

Most consumer tool chests have pull-type tool chest handles. Of course, the main purpose of these handles is to facilitate carrying and opening of the tool chest, but these handles play even more important roles than may first be perceived. In many cases, tool chest handles must support the entire weight of the tools inside.…
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5 Ways to Enhance the Grip of Steel Handles

Though most typically associate steel handles with hand tools, controls, and certain types of doors, anything that can be used to pick up an object with the hand is essentially a type of handle. Yes, handles are everywhere, and one of the best materials one can use to fabricate them is steel, due to its…
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