Pros and Cons of Metals Used in the Utilities Industry

Pros and cons of copper and aluminum

According to recent trend discussions, there are big plans on the horizon for improving the electrical grid in the United States, including building new substations across the country. That said, aluminum and copper are both important components in electrical applications, making them some of the most in-demand metals on the market today and into the… Read more »

The Benefits of Using Carbon Steel in Construction

Steel in construction

This blog was updated in December 2022. When it comes to using steel in construction projects, it’s all the same, right?  Wrong.  Steel is an alloy metal, which means it’s a combination of several types of elements. In the case of steel, this is a combination of iron, carbon, and trace elements. It has a… Read more »

Understanding Aluminum Bus Pipe Uses and Finishes

Understanding aluminum bus pipe uses and finishes

This blog was updated in 2022. Aluminum is a lightweight, highly conductive material. In its pure form, aluminum has an electrical conductivity of 65 percent of the International Annealed Copper Standard. This conductivity changes when its composition is altered, such as when it is combined with other types of metal to create alloys.  The high… Read more »

2023 Metals Industry Trends

2023 metals industry trends.

There is a lot on the horizon for the metals industry in 2023, and supply and demand increases seem likely. Jeff Cox, vice president of sales and marketing at Three D Metals, offers his predictions on what to expect in the new year. Improved Supply Chain Outlook While supply chain challenges still remain across the… Read more »

Fabtech 2022 Recap

FABTECH 2022 recap

FABTECH made a strong return in 2022 with in-person attendance back up to pre-pandemic levels. The Three D Metals team was among the 1,200 exhibitors at North America’s largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event. Since Three D Metals is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the team chose to do a 70s-themed booth,… Read more »

Advantages of Using High Carbon Steel in the Automotive Industry

Advantages of using high carbon steel in the automotive industry.

High carbon steel is versatile and often used in fastening applications in a wide range of industries, from construction and retail to toys and appliances. There are several advantages to high carbon steel in the automotive industry as well, which is what you will learn about in this blog. What are the Advantages of High… Read more »

Copper Sheet Electrical Applications

Copper sheet electrical applications

Copper is recognized for its many uses. From wiring to electrical switches, this popular metal can be found in homes, commercial operations, and even in the cloud. At Three D Metals, one of our largest production distribution lines is our copper sheeting. But where can you find copper sheets in the electrical industry? Keep reading… Read more »

Benefits of Oscillate-Wound Steel Coil

Benefits of oscillate-wound steel coil.

Oscillate winding, sometimes referred to as traverse winding, is the process of end-to-end winding of several slit steel coils, with the coil wrapping around itself in a single, symmetrical coil — similar to a spool of thread. Why would someone choose oscillate-wound coils over something like a ribbon-wound, or pancake, coil? Let’s break down the… Read more »

Three D Metals Celebrates 50 Years

Three D Metals celebrates 50 years.

In the late 1960s, Dave Dickens Sr. was working as a sales representative for a brass mill in Connecticut. When the mill’s president thought Dave’s commission should be reduced, Dave decided it was time to strike out on his own. The David D. Dickens Company was formed. Eventually becoming Three D Metals, the company has… Read more »

High Carbon Steel Properties & End-Use Applications

High carbon steel properties and end-use applications.

High carbon steel — named for any steel that contains 0.30 or higher carbon content —  is something you interact with on a daily basis, although you may not even realize it.  From tiny washers to pant hangers and more, this versatile metal is valued for its “memory”, allowing it to be formed into various… Read more »