Brass vs. Phosphor Bronze

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on September 10, 2018

While no two metal alloys are the same, some do have similarities with each other. Understanding the differences between similar alloys is an important step in ensuring you get the best material type based on your application. Because both brass and phosphor bronze are alloys of copper, they share some similarities, but they have distinct differences too.

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Red Iron Range Hoods - A Mead Metals Success Story

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on August 16, 2018

One thing we haven’t had much of an opportunity to do on our blog is featuring our customers. Until now, that is. Today, we’re featuring Mike Route. Mike is a Wisconsin-based artist and award-winning blacksmith and owner/operator of Red Iron Studios. Among his custom and technical ironwork, Mike has found a unique and interesting application for copper sheet metal: custom range hoods. Let’s learn a little more about Mike and his work.

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How to Spot Quality Issues in Your Metal Product

Posted by: Chris Schwartz on July 19, 2018

While many variables can cause issues in metal materials, it's important to recognize and identify any issues that could affect your project. Today, I'll cover a few common quality issues seen in metal products and explain the best time to spot them. 

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The Mead Metals Reject Policy

Posted by: Brian Rothstein on July 10, 2018

Even with the highest commitment to quality or the strictest adherence to quality control measures, sometimes material that’s not fit for the job it’s meant for makes it to delivery. While it might not happen often, it still happens. And in those times, what really matters is how you (as the provider of the material) react. Here’s an inside look at how we handle “reject” materials at Mead Metals.

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Beryllium Copper Vs. Regular Copper

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on May 3, 2018

Copper and beryllium copper have some things in common, but they have many distinct differences, too. Beryllium copper is a copper alloy that includes other metals, including beryllium, cobalt, nickel, iron, and lead. The addition of these metals to copper give beryllium copper (BeCu) many of its unique properties.

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What is Phosphor Bronze?

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on April 16, 2018

Phosphor bronze is a copper alloy containing both tin and phosphorus. It’s a highly-valuable, specialty metal with many positive attributes. Here are the properties and characteristics that make phosphor bronze a sought-after alloy.

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What Are the Differences Between Stainless Steel & Cold Rolled Steel?

Posted by: Mark Anderson on April 5, 2018

Understanding the differences between the common types of steel used for metal fabrication and forming purposes can help you more easily source the best material for your project. The two types of steel that I’m going to cover today are stainless steel and cold rolled steel.

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Copper: Brass vs Phosphor Bronze [Infographic]

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on February 22, 2018

Copper is a metal with a long history of being valued for both its appearance and its unique properties. Brass and phosphor bronze are two copper alloys that retain many of copper's qualities but have unique differences as well. Because it's common to confuse copper, brass, and phoshpor bronze, we've put together the following infographic to help clarify some key differences. 

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A109 Cold Rolled Strip Steel vs. Cold Rolled 1008/1010 Steel

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 9, 2018

A109 cold-rolled strip steel and cold-rolled 1008/1010 steel are used for many of the same products. You'll find home appliances, construction materials, and automotive components made from either of these steels. Although many of the products and components overlap, determining which is best for your project can be quite simple.

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How to Choose the Best Material for a Metal Project

Posted by: Dani Weinhandl on January 4, 2018

Because there are many different variables that go into selecting a metal product that'll work for your application, getting the right metal for the job can take a little digging. We have customers who come to us knowing exactly what it is they need, and we have others who are less sure. And during those times where they're unsure, there are a few strategies that can help. 

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