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What is Anodising?

From satellites to skyscrapers (and a few tinier things in between), there are many uses for anodised aluminium. But what exactly is anodising? How does it work? And what are the benefits? In short Anodising is an electrochemical process that adds a thick oxide coating to metals, increasing their re...
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How to Cut Thin-Gauge Steel

At Buy Metal Online, our free cutting service means you can order exactly the amount of sheet metal you need for the job. But we know that in some cases, such as when working on smaller-scale craft projects, you may need to cut your metal again at home. So, what’s the best way to slice...
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What is Zintec?

Zintec is the brand name for a type of mild steel that has been coated in a thin layer of zinc by electrolysis. You may be more familiar with another type of steel that comes coated in zinc: galvanised steel, but there are key differences between the two metals. What is the difference between galvan...
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