Materials Talk

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No Cut Fees!

We are pleased to announce that Online Metals is no longer charging cut fees!
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Full Length Metals Available!

We're pleased to announce that ordering full length materials is now easier than ever! Just select a full length on the product page.

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? 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!

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.
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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!