Metalcraft Adds The “Honeycomb Machine” To Its Fleet Of World-Class Machines

By Colin Linneweber
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The 5-axis C-Series fabricates complex parts in large quantities and multiple sizes. Denver-based Metalcraft, the only metalworking firm in Colorado with premium CNC machining, stamping, and sheet metal capabilities all under one roof, recently purchased C.R. Onsrud’s 5-axis C-Series to machine parts for its clientele, including a large company in the aerospace industry. The 5-axis […]

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Learning the World of GD&T: Part II

By Chris A. Lindenberger
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This month, let’s review some definitions and rules. Let’s imagine that we’re going to make a simple part in our machine shop. The foreman returns to the quality lab or machine shop from a morning production meeting holding a customer’s drawing for a small shaft that will be sold to a customer in the aerospace […]

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Learning the World of GD&T: Part I

By Chris A. Lindenberger
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I usually write blogs about how the symbols and rules that govern GD&T should be translated because it’s a system based on rules and definitions. What does parallelism mean? What rules govern datums used at maximum material boundaries? What exactly differentiates a regular feature of size from an irregular one? These questions are examples of […]

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Metal Stamping Versus Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication

By Colin Linneweber
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Metal stamping and precision sheet metal fabrication are processes used to manufacture metal parts. While both processes have pros and cons, you must choose the most practical and efficient one for your project. Accordingly, let’s analyze metal stamping and precision sheet metal fabrication to determine which technique will best align with your design and production […]

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Progressive Die Stamping And Single-Stage Tooling

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Metal fabrication and tooling experts are typically well-versed in the industry’s complicated terminology. Conversely, such business jargon can be confusing and, even worse, useless for individuals less familiar with metalworking. In case you fall into the latter category, we’ve decided to explain the processes, and detail the pros and cons associated with two of our […]

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It’s Time to Open an Internal Dialogue on Reshoring

By Jeff Cheatham
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The executive suite of America’s Fortune 500 companies needs convincing that reshoring is a sound business decision. There’s a growing consensus that the reshoring effort is more than a slogan—it’s a policy decision. As an experienced manufacturing buyer or engineer, this blog will help you open a dialogue that communicates reshoring’s value proposition and the […]

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Precision Metal Stamping and How We Do It

By Jeff Cheatham
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A wide range of industries utilize precision metal stamping to create and produce quantities of products and parts—with a high degree of accuracy, speed, and precision. A custom-designed set of tool and die are installed into a stamping press, which then “stamps” the desired output from a coil of sheet metal. Precision metal stamping is […]

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Reshoring Could Galvanize America’s Economic Recovery

By Colin Linneweber
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The U.S. economy entered 2020 in the midst of a historic 128-month expansion. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic struck in March, plunging America into an economic crisis. Downsizing and layoffs continue to skyrocket and, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.6 million people are currently unemployed and the World Bank forecasts the economy will […]

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Reshoring is Overdue. But Its Time Has Come.

By Colin Linneweber
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After the Great Recession, America’s economy rebounded during a record phase of expansion that lasted 128 consecutive months. As a leading metal manufacturer serving Denver and the front range, Metalcraft was fortunate to experience annual growth year over year during this time. In the uncertain time prior to this economic recovery, we had to change […]

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