Buying Metal Professionally

Many professional buyers, especially new ones, often feel that buying for the metals industry is overly complex. But metals are accessible, and you don’t need to be an expert to buy them.

How do they make Cruise Ships?

Have you ever looked up at a massive cruise ship and wondered how those things manage to stay afloat? I know we do a lot here at the Seattle office, and given that the cruise industry continues to grow, and lots of metal is involved, we thought we’d take a look.

What Is Anodizing?

Strong, durable, corrosion resistant, and highly porous, anodizing is an electrochemical process that creates a thick protective finish on a piece of metal in a rapid and controlled manner.

Protobox: Prototype, Test, Teach

Protoboxes inexpensive ways to get numerous different metals in different sizes and shapes. They are also all new material, not scrap, so you can count on the quality of your mystery bag.

C172 Beryllium Copper

C172 is very similar to C173.  The main difference is that C172 does not contain lead like C173. As such, it doesn’t machine as easily. These are both useful, though more specialized, metals.

Material Focus – 4130 Round Bar-new

4130 is a popular high-strength steel alloy with a wide range of historical and contemporary applications. Find out what this metal can do for you and your projects!

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DIY Mini Cannon Fires Away!

A friend of mine recently gave me this great little mini cannon he made. It uses actual black powder and fires a small lead BB. We decided a test firing was in order!

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Polishing Metal to a Mirror Finish

Got questions about how to polish metal to a mirror shine? Well we’ve got answers and resources available for you right here!

Most Popular Metals with Award Winners

One of our favorite things about 2018 was the 20 Years Strong competition! To this end, we wanted to look back at the most popular entries, and see what materials they used!

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Ship with your UPS Account

Lots of our customers want to save on shipping by using their own UPS accounts. Good news, you can! Learn about how and what to expect when doing this!