Common Uses for Copper

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on December 2, 2022 | 3 min. read

Copper has a long history of decorative and functional purposes. In fact, this easily-identifiable golden/reddish material dates back thousands of years. Currently, copper exists in our homes, vehicles, and electronic devices. Today, I'll cover some unique properties and common uses for this versatile, time-tested alloy. 

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Metal Compared - Tempered Spring Steel 1075 Vs 1095 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on December 2, 2022 | 2 min. read

At the end of the day, you want to source materials that suit your project's purpose. Sometimes the focus is on performance and endurance. In other applications, the final product's appearance may be more important than functionality.

Whatever your needs may be, know that Mead Metals will listen to the specifications of your project and help you secure the suitable material for your application. 

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Types of Magnetic Metals (LIST)

Posted by: Mark Anderson on November 17, 2022 | 7 min. read

Everyone is familiar with magnets, but have you ever wondered what it means to be magnetic? Or perhaps, what properties make metal magnetic? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s look at some of the basic properties of magnetic metals, the different types, and some common uses. 

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ISO Classifications for Workpiece Material Metals

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 10, 2022 | 2 min. read

Maintaining consistency and quality is essential across the metal industry. Having a metal supplier who is ISO certified is the key to ensuring quality assurance for your project or process. ISO classifications for workpiece metals inform fabricators and CNC machinists of the proper tools, speeds, and specifications to cut metal materials. Keep reading to learn more about ISO certifications, ISO-certified material, ISO workpiece material groups, and ISO material group classification charts.

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Common Uses for Phosphor Bronze

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 1, 2022 | 2 min. read


Phosphor bronze, commonly known as Phos Bronze, is used to make parts for many industrial fields. It's an alloy of copper containing both tin and phosphorus. This gives the metal more fluidity in its molten state, allowing an easier casting. Today, I'll cover a few of the products and applications where Phosphor Bronze is the ideal material.

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Common Uses for Stainless Steel

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on November 1, 2022 | 2 min. read

Stainless steel is 100% recyclable, easy to sterilize, and used in many applications. In fact, ordinary citizens interact with products made of stainless steel on a daily basis. Whether in the kitchen, on the road, at the doctor's office, or in a building, stainless steel is everywhere.

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Common Uses for Beryllium Copper

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on October 26, 2022 | 3 min. read

Beryllium Copper has its fair share of common names. You may hear it referred to as BeCu, Copper Beryllium, Beryllium Bronze, Alloy 172, and Spring Copper. Anytime you hear those terms, they're in reference to Beryllium Copper.

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What are the Strongest Metals?

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on October 26, 2022 | 4 min. read

What is the strongest metal on earth? It may sound like a simple question, but the answer is quite complex. Making direct comparisons based on strength doesn’t work with metal. Why?

For starters, there isn’t a universal scale for strength. At best, there are four. Keep reading to discover these four different types of strength as they relate to metallurgy. From there, you will gain better insight into metals leading the pack in terms of strength.

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Will Stainless Steel Rust?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 19, 2022 | 3 min. read

Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metals in a broad range of industries. Thanks to its malleable nature and strong corrosion resistance, it’s highly desirable for many manufacturers seeking low-maintenance metal material for their products. You can find stainless steel products throughout the automotive, food processing and handling, and medical industries and in many of your everyday household items.

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Red Iron Range Hoods - A Mead Metals Success Story

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on September 6, 2022 | 2 min. read

Since our start in 1961, Mead Metals has had the opportunity to work with a variety of skilled blacksmiths, business owners, and artisans. Today we would like to feature Mike Route — a Wisconsin–based artist, award-winning blacksmith, and the owner/operator of Red Iron Studio. Among his professional ironwork, Mike has found a unique application for copper sheet metal: custom range hoods. Let’s learn a bit more about Mike, his work, and how Mead Metals helped him get where he is today.

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