Progressive Die Stamping And Single-Stage Tooling

By Colin Linneweber
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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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How Metal Stamping Shapes Everyday Products

By Larry Caschette
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If you’ve ever bought a pre-packaged wall-hanging kit or a set of L-shaped shelf mounts from a hardware chain like The Home Depot or Lowe’s, you’ve purchased a product that’s undergone precision metal stamping. Most people never think about how many of our most common product purchases were produced by precision metal stamping.  Metal stamping […]

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The Illusion of Knowledge: Implementing Correct GD&T

By Chris A. Lindenberger
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GD&T: Different Strokes for Different Folks

By Chris A. Lindenberger
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GD&T is growing more common in our industry, which burdens us with forming a working knowledge of its convention.  How we use and translate GD&T changes over the decades as new governing bodies take oversight and release new revisions. The one constant, however, is the great diversity of opinion on how to employ and translate […]

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Applying and Using GD&T in Everyday Shop Practices

By Chris A. Lindenberger
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Today’s manufacturing world is full of challenges and opportunities. Our shop technicians change hats hour by hour to download programs and accomplish their setups. Among other tasks, they pull material, load tools, and edit and rewrite code. They measure, adjust, and change offsets. They fill out their in-process inspection data and submit the first pieces, […]

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