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5 Steps to Bring your Architectural Concept to Completion on Time and Budget

Architectural metal work gives form and function to design inspiration, transforming the look and feel of residential and commercial spaces. Because of this, quality architectural metal fabrication is a major part of any structure.

 

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Pro Tips to Save You Money on Your Next Aluminum Boat Build

There are 4 major costs involved in building an aluminum boat from design to construction: design, cutting, shipping, and building. As the saying goes “time is money” and the ability to work efficiently in each step of the build process will save you money and make the boat building experience a more enjoyable process.

 

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Featured Project – Expediting Success!

In an ideal world, there would more than enough time to have everything needed for your production schedule well in advance. But, no matter the industry, there are inevitably those times when you are up against a deadline, or even worse, past it.

We recently worked with a firm whose client was in a bind. They were facing serious down-time on a job site for new construction, and they need parts - fast. This happens to be my favorite part of the sales process: taking a tough problem and finding an optimal solution. Here’s what we did.

 

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Choosing an Aluminum Boat Design

Ever since the earliest human ancestors wanted to cross water, people have been designing watercraft for the purpose of...well, not sinking to the bottom of the ocean. What started with logs developed into carved dugouts, and then into plank-on-frame construction. In today’s modern world of aluminum boat design, there’s a hull shape for nearly every application on the water one can think of.

Ultimately, choosing the right aluminum boat design to fabricate and turn into your boat depends on how the boat will be used.

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What Aluminum Alloy Should I Use to Build a Boat, and Why?

All aluminum alloys are not created equal. 5052. T6-6061. What the heck do these numbers and letters mean? And more importantly, which one should I choose for my boat project? Like most questions related to materials, the answer of course is “Well, it depends on your application.” To understand which is the appropriate aluminum to choose, it’s important to know a little bit about aluminum, its various alloys, and their properties.

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Featured Project – Alaskan Fishing Hardware

We frequently work with clients in the marine industry, and our featured project this month highlights the capabilities of our routers with a client in the marine world. We recently started working with a fishing hardware supplier in Alaska, and his projects involve some pretty unique parts.

Using several passes with the router, we cut out this giant sprocket from 1” thick T6 6062 aluminum. It’s a thing of beauty to hold in person:

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Why Aluminum Boats Are Perfect for the Waters of the Pacific Northwest

Boating in any conditions can be hazardous, but the waters in this neck of the woods are much less forgiving than the small lakes I grew up on back in the Midwest. Harsh, rocky shorelines. Daily tide swings of 8 feet or more. Currents that rip at more than 6 knots between jagged seashores. Water temperatures that rarely get about 55 degrees.

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Why Building Better Aluminum Boats Starts with Quality Aluminum Cutting

We all know that time is money. Some would argue this statement is the most visible in marine manufacturing, where every second of production translates directly to the bottom line. Add to that the stress of a customer who needed a boat last week, and you suddenly find yourself and your crew putting in overtime.

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What Is CNC Machining?

In the world of manufacturing, there are all kinds of processes that allow your business to make the most out of its production needs. One such operation is CNC machining. Since it was first developed in the 1940s, this method has enabled many manufacturers to develop prototypes and implement greater efficiency measures to improve their bottom line.

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What Is The Kanban System?

Regardless of the industry in which you work, efficiency is always a top priority. If you can maximize your production output while also increasing sales, then you have a recipe for success. Although the sales end of that equation can sometimes stall, there are always ways that you can improve your operations.

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