Materials Talk

Protobox: Prototyping, Testing, Teaching

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.

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!

Safe Handling of our Materials

Nobody likes an injury. And this week we wanted to provide some information on how to safely handle our metal once it arrives at your door.

Your Guide to Tool Steel

How do you decide what grade of tool steel to use for your projects? We're here to help answer that!

Further Your Machining Education

Are you looking to teach someone how to machine or learn how to machine yourself? Are you looking for inspiration? If so, check out these resources!

Metals in Music

September is classical music month! In honor of this excellent music and the often outlandish composers who created some of the most iconic pieces in history, we wanted to look and see what metals are used for musical instruments.

Material Focus - 4130 Round Bar

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!

Material Focus - Titanium Grade 2

Titanium Grade 2 sheet is one of the most useful and versatile metals out there. What does the future hold for titanium, and how can you use it?

Weldability of Titanium

While expensive initially, the lifetime cost titanium is actually quite low due to its extensive service life and reduced (or even non-existent) maintenance and repair costs.

New Stainless Steel 455 Round Bar

Grade 455 is a martensitic stainless steel. It possesses a yield strength which is nearly 3 times the strength of grade 304 stainless steel.