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April 2019 Newsletter
April 1, 2019 (Newsletters)

Speedy Metals
April 1, 2019. Issue #504.

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Metal Monday

Metal Monday - April 1, 2019

Today Only! Save an extra 15% off all Fire Sale items!

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Factory Cart & Engine
Factory Cart & Engine

Kelly Reynolds needed 7/16" cold finished steel to replace the rear axle.
Read more...

Replacement latch for a 34 LincolnReplacement Latch

An anonymous customer made a replacement latch for his '34 Lincoln.
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FIRE SALE...

flat

1/4" x 1" 6061 Aluminum Flat, 36" Long. On Sale for $8.26.

flat

1/2" x 1" 1018 CR Flat, 36" Long. On Sale for $15.38.

round

1/4" Round 304 Stainless Steel, 36" Long. On Sale for $6.06.

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CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT...

This month, we're featuring work by Bill Sherer, of Bill Sherer's Northwoods Inflatables.

raft

In his own words:

"Here she is, my latest raft to roll out of my fabrication shop! 12 foot long pontoons, custom modified trailer and completely fabricated all aluminum frame with hidden fasteners. Weight comes in just a little under 125 pounds and has a 900 pound weight capacity, plenty to handle two anglers, all their gear and any thing they can squeeze on!"

"It would not be possible to construct such high quality products for my clients without the great service and outstanding materials I get from Speedy Metals. You guys are the best!"

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Want to see your work featured here? Send us an email at newsletter@speedymetals.com.

You can also check out other great customer projects on our blog or on our Facebook page.

WHAT YOU'RE SAYING...

"I had a hard time finding steel tubing with the inside diameter and wall thickness I needed until I found your website, looked on the charts and there it was. It arrived in a few days and it was perfect!!! Thank you for speedy service and supplying me with the perfect stuff. Should I need any oddball metal again, you will be the first place I look."
-Ernest

DID YOU KNOW...?

Did you know that glass can now be welded to metal?


Source: https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/engineering-physical-sciences/institutes/photonics-quantum-sciences/welding-glass-to-metal.htm

Researchers at Edinburgh, Scotland’s Heriot-Watt University have discovered how to weld metal and glass together into a part-metal, part-glass whole. How?

Lasers.

Using a process called "ultrafast laser microwelding", they were able to weld a variety of dissimilar materials together. They tested it on quartz, borosilicate glass, sapphire and aluminum, titanium, and and stainless steel.

Professor Duncan P. Hand described the process:

“The process relies on the incredibly short pulses from the laser. These pulses last only a few picoseconds—a picosecond to a second is like a second compared to 30,000 years.

The parts to be welded are placed in close contact, and the laser is focused through the optical material to provide a very small and highly intense spot at the interface between the two materials—we achieved megawatt peak power over an area just a few microns across.

This creates a microplasma, like a tiny ball of lightning, inside the material, surrounded by a highly-confined melt region.

We tested the welds at -50C to 90C and the welds remained intact, so we know they are robust enough to cope with extreme conditions.”

Want to learn more about ultrafast laser microwelding? Check out the full article.

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