Materials Talk

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.

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.