Materials Talk

Game of Thrones Houses As Metals

With the imminent arrival of the final season *wipes a tear away* we thought we'd pay our own unique tribute to this amazing series. Read on for our take on some of the Great Houses and what metals we think represent them best!

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.

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.

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.

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!
Materials Talk Video Series

New Product Guide Videos

There are countless types of metal, and enough information to fill volumes of books. But we know you don't have time to memorize or read all of that. As such, we're pleased to launch a new series of product guide videos! This new series is called Materials Talk.

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.
polishing metal

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.