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 »

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 »

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 »

High Carbon Steel in Today’s Market

High carbon steel in today’s market.

One of the residual effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the metals industry has been continuous supply chain challenges. However, as we get further into 2022, we were seeing some of the markets return to normal, including the high carbon steel market. High Carbon Steel Availability in Today’s Market When the COVID pandemic hit the… Read more »

Copper’s Uses, Benefits, and Products

Copper’s uses, benefits, and products.

Copper is a metal known for its diversity and longevity. While you can find copper in different industries, one of the most common — which the majority of Three D Metals customers use it for — is in the power industry. Keep reading to learn more about copper, common applications, its versatility, and what to… Read more »