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    Aluminum Casting vs. Steel Casting: Choosing the Right Alloy for Your Cast products

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2018 May 1

    In modern metal casting, steel and aluminum are two contenders for the top choice. Thousands of manufacturers around the world rely on both metals to produce strong, light and corrosion-resistant metal parts and products.

    You'll find hundreds of different grades and alloys for both steel and aluminum, and each has its specific advantages and disadvantages. For this comparison, we'll focus on differences between aluminum and steel alloys in general, rather than zooming in on differences between specific alloys.

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Machining, Aluminum Casting, Aluminum, Materials

    All About Al: Aluminum's Winning Properties

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2017 Dec 7

    Recently in our All About Al blog series we discussed aluminum's history and origins. Now we're getting deeper into why aluminum is the perfect material for manufacturing such a wide range of products.

    Aluminum owes its versatility in manufacturing to a unique set of properties. These include:

    • Low melting temperature
    • Excellent malleability
    • Light weight
    • Corrosion resistance
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    Tags: Aluminum Casting, Aluminum, Materials, All About Al

    All About Al: Crash Course in Aluminum History

    Posted by Jim Smith, Jr. on 2017 Nov 14

    Aluminum is the third most common element on our planet. It’s by far the most abundant metal, and it’s also one of the most versatile.

    Aluminum is light, strong, flexible and corrosion resistant. It can also be shaped relatively easily, in both a solid and molten state, and can be stamped to widths thinner than the human hair.

    You’ll find aluminum in everything from buildings to cars, from Pepsi cans to laptops, and from power lines to bullet trains. But where does this one-of-a-kind metal come from, and how did it get to be so widely used?

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    Tags: Metalcasting, Aluminum Casting, Aluminum, Materials, All About Al

    8 Key Metals Used in Casting

    Posted by Deb Pipoly on 2017 Oct 10

    This blog post is about metal.

    No, not that kind of metal–actual metal, like the kind that your car is made out of, that replaced your uncle's bad knee, that holds up the skyscrapers downtown, that keeps cruise ships afloat,  that built the rocket that catapulted the telecom satellite into space so you can have an internet connection, that makes up that satellite...

    A lot of things are made out of metal. You get the idea. 

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    Tags: Materials, Metals

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