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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!

Copper Etching with Bryn Gleason

Bryn Gleason is an amazing artist, and we are thrilled that she uses our materials. Come look at her spectatular work and see how she makes it come to life!

What Can MTRs do for you?

Two of the most common questions we get are “what’s an MTR?” and “how do I get MTRs?” Easy answer on both counts!

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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FIRST Robotics Team 4469

Hailing from Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, WA, Team 4469 is also known as RAID Robotics!