Technical Articles

Metal Cutting Corporation has published these technical articles:

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Like many OEMs you may be looking to improve part quality for a difficult geometry, reduce production time and cost, and decrease time to market. In your efforts to achieve these goals you'll likely...
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Tungsten is as radiopaque as gold. For applications requiring radiopacity and the added benefits of pure gold, Metal Cutting's gold plated tungsten is an affordable, high quality alternative...
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Metal Cutting Industry Trends Report 2013....
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Graphite has long been the preferred material for the majority of sinker EDM electrode applications due to its exceptional thermal resistivity and manufacturability. But, before graphite there was...
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How do you define "precision metals" for your product or manufacturing needs?...
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What does "free of defects" really mean?...
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5 interesting things to know about eddy current testing....
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How Tungsten Is Unique, from Its Name to Its Properties...
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In our last blog, we talked about the importance of considering heat expansion when deciding how precise a metal part's dimensions need to be. If even a slight difference in tolerance caused by heat...
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Decoding the RFQ - Part 2...
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As medical technology advances and new minimally invasive procedures are developed, medical device designers must come up with ever-smaller diameter medical tubing products that are more sophisticated...
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Throughout our industry, ISO 9000 is a common tool used by companies in developing, deploying, and documenting their internal quality standards. Yet surprisingly, there are some misconceptions about...
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Because we at Metal Cutting are specialists in precision cut-to-length metal tube, people often pick our brains to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of different tubing materials - and...
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In the machining world, turning gets all the attention. Lathes and mills are the flashy stars - in fact, they ARE machining to most people. However, the centerless grinding process is also very...
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Is calibrated measuring consistent measuring?...
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When a stamped spacer is just not good enough....
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Probing is a broad industry with many types of applications, but two that have proven to be ideal for tungsten wire are probes used for semiconductor wafer testing and neural activity testing. What...
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A complete guide to the cutting quote that will totally change your pricing....
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Last week we talked about some of the reasons for choosing pure tungsten or molybdenum as a material for spot welding electrodes. With these pure materials, infiltration - the blending of metals...
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In this season of Santa Claus and other holiday traditions, big change is in the air - or perhaps more accurately, on the road. Even as we speak, a lot of work is going into autonomous vehicles, with...
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Looking at the fundamentals of small parts sourcing and how to make more informed decisions about specifications....
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Fantasy vs. Reality in Small Parts Manufacturing *"My father had worked for the same firm for twelve years. They fired him. They replaced him with a tiny gadget, this big, that does everything my...
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Electrode materials are commonly thought of as a blending of copper or silver and tungsten. These "blends" are well known in the industry, and many different percentages of materials can be chosen....
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For those of us who make parts, the concept of circular runout versus total runout is not as simple as it may at first seem....
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It's Round, It's Straight, It's 3D! As part of our continuing exploration of the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards that are used to communicate how parts should be manufactured...
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Without a doubt, the key to deburring of small metal parts is to not form a burr in the first place - which, not coincidentally, is one of the underpinnings of our metal cutting business. Our...
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For metal cut to length, which is a crucial activity of our business, dimensional issues are key. Making sure that we understand our customers' needs up front, and that we are speaking in terminology...
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Is precision parts manufacturing 3D print-ready? The topic of 3D additive laser printing ?of metal is ?frequently in the news.? ?So you might wonder:? ?When is Metal Cutting Corporation going to talk...
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Things ?To ?Consider When Evaluating The Method Over time,? ?we've reviewed many different ways of cutting metal? - ?for instance,? ?just last month we talked about some of the pros and cons of wire...
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Looking at the fundamentals of small parts sourcing and how to make more informed decisions about specifications....
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This week, we take a quick look at surface flatness, another aspect of the Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) standards use to communicate how a part should be manufactured. Along with...
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Geometric tolerancing is an aspect of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), a method of communicating how a part is to be produced. Typically using a series of 14 standard symbols to help...
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At the height of summer here at Metal Cutting Corporation, our thoughts naturally turn to the weather and the ways in which heat can affect the materials our customers choose and the tools used to...
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When talking about the distinctions between honing and lapping in the world of precision small metal parts, the best response might be the two processes are remarkably similar yet fundamentally...
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Another Point to Consider When Designing Your Parts...
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What tolerances do you really need?...
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The reality is that using any non-standard material size poses challenges in sourcing....
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Since the early days of the twentieth century, stainless steel has played an essential role in the design and production of medical device tubing. With advances in the technology used to make...
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Deciding How Tight Your Tube Tolerances Really Need to Be...
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And now for a completely different topic about tungsten ... Dimensionally a far cry from tungsten wire with a diameter of 0.0010" (0.025 mm) is the use of tungsten for die sinker electrodes. Taking...
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Last week, we talked about the use of copper tungsten in the die sinker EDM process utilized to cut parts for a challenging aerospace application. Remarkably, the same copper tungsten can be used for...
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From September 12 to 17, 2016, IMTS Chicago - the biennial International Manufacturing Technology Show that is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world - will feature an enormous...
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t Metal Cutting Corporation,...straightness is a feature that we work with frequently. Straightness is especially important for wires, pins, tubes, and other cylindrical parts that need to fit into a...
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In our industry, the term *metal finishing* is used in regard to many different processes, but in general it pertains to when, for various reasons, parts need to be made smoother, shinier, duller, or...
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Some Considerations for Custom Metal Polishing Long before 3D printing arrived on the scene...
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Recently, we talked a little about the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and how NIST traceable standards are an important part of our QMS standards. But NIST traceability is not...
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This week, we take a look at perpendicularity, yet another of the GD&T features sometimes indicted on an engineering drawing to communicate how a small metal part should be produced and to specify the...
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The development of 3D printing technology has had nothing short of a revolutionary impact on the medical device industry, opening up unlimited new possibilities in product design and mass...
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Did you know? Metal tubes help put the "air" in airbags!...
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The glass to metal seal is a truly essential phenomenon in electronics, used in the manufacture of a wide range of products. From the "old-fashioned" (but still ubiquitous) incandescent light bulb to...
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Controlling Feature Variation in Two vs. Three Dimensions and general discussion on the similarities and differences between Profile of a Line vs. Profile of a Surface...
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Resistance spot welding may be an older method, but it is still one of the best for welding many industrial parts, especially in the high-volume production stage. Used extensively in automotive and...
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Last time, we talked about the importance of achieving a vacuum-tight glass to metal seal in electronic products. Similarly, a method known as potting (also called encapsulation) is often used in...
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Pin gages vs. optical measurement....
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Here at Metal Cutting, for many applications it is not enough for us to create parts to a customer's specified tolerances. A big part of our Quality Assurance is to also make sure we can measure the...
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Stainless steel in its different varieties, including 304, 316, 316L, and others, is the material that forms the backbone of the medical device industry. However, other metals are important and are...
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Recently, we've talked a lot about the different materials that can be used for resistance spot welding electrodes - materials that, alone or in combination, need to stand up to high currents and...
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Metal inspection is a critical step in the manufacturing process, helping to ensure the quality of small metal parts that are the components of (literally) countless products. Yet, the concept of 100%...
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Why do high recrystallization temperatures matter in tungsten, molybdenum, and other wires?...
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What are some parts requirements for fuel injection systems?...
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Calibration standards can be simple and obvious - or they can be not simple and obvious at all. That's because while, in theory, calibrating is absolute, there are many reasons why it is not exactly...
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From food science and the controversial GMOs, to pharmaceutical development and medical research, to the routine tests that are part of an annual checkup, liquid dispensing systems play a largely...
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A Closer Look at How Tubing Characteristics Affect the Process and Its Accuracy...
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What is important to know about precision tubing under high pressure?...
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We have talked before about how important inspections are to the manufacture of small metal parts, helping to ensure the quality of components that make up thousands, if not millions, of products....
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As we mentioned in our last blog, at Metal Cutting Corporation we typically begin every project with a sampling plan that spells out the specifics of metal parts inspection, including an associated...
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In our last blog, we talked about some of the major players in autonomous vehicles and how rapidly the technology is evolving....
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At Metal Cutting, we like to say we can machine any part. And it is absolutely true that we have a team of experienced machinists who are highly skilled in using an array of CNC machining equipment to...
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It is true that by a quirk of nature, gold and tungsten have identical densities. However, the two also have radically different mechanical properties, including their respective melting temperatures....
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How One Machinist Started Big and Went Micro When I got my start as a machinist 25 years ago, it was a very different world than what we see in CNC metal cutting services today...
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The International Tungsten Industry Association (ITIA) is an esteemed organization of which our colleagues at Nippon Tungsten have been a member for many years. Where Metal Cutting Corporation is an...
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an ITIA newsletter article, "A Family's Day with Tungsten," and how tungsten uses circa 2007 compare with uses today, as seen through a day in the life of a family....
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In today's automotive systems, even relatively "simple" applications such as headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals are prime targets for innovations in technology. But while people...
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There are a variety of products in general industry, ranging from filaments to furnaces, in which tungsten wire is used and remains without substitute. Given tungsten's unique elemental properties, it...
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Unlike the incandescent light bulb, tungsten wire is not going away any time soon. In fact, like modern lighting, tungsten wire continues to evolve, as a material whose uses are growing in, as just...
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a closer look at some of the variables that? ?have an effect on? ?eddy current testing,? ?what it can find,? ?and? ?what it cannot find....
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Specifying a Device's Capabilities and How It Is Calibrated...
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In the right hands, this little-known process can produce parts with highly polished ends, tight length tolerances, and extraordinary flatness....
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There are a lot of different materials to choose from when you are designing a metal probe. If you follow our blog, you know we've talked before about the use of tungsten wire for probes, in...
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A surface finish chart is a reference material we at Metal Cutting sometimes use internally as part of our quality assurance process. (You can read more about our quality measures on the Quality...
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Pros and Cons of EDM for 2-Axis Cutoff...