Metals are mallable and typically hard, opaque, shiny, and have good electrical and thermal conductivity. Astrophysicists (astronomy that employs the principles of physics and chemistry) use the term ""metal"" to describe all elements other than hydrogen and helium. Metals are found by extracting from the earth’s surface by mining ores, with iron and aluminium being the most abundant methods.

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  1. Alloy Steel
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    Alloying steel is the process giving strength improved mechanical properties (by hardening or giving strength). The most common alloyed steels are iron with carbon. Other common alloy steels are manganese, nickel, chromium, molybdenum, vanadium, silicon, and boron. Less common alloy components include aluminium, cobalt, copper, cerium, niobium, titanium, tungsten, tin, zinc, lead, and zirconium.

  2. Aluminum
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    Aluminium is available through the Applegate Supplier Network.

  3. Brass
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    Brass is a metal made of brass and zinc, which is categorised as copper alloy. It is bright gold in appearance and is used when low friction is required, like in locks, gears, bearings, doorknobs, ammunition casings and valves; in plumbing and electrical applications; and extensively in brass musical instruments such as horns and bells.

  4. Bronze
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    Bronze is a metal alloy that is made from copper, tin and other metals. The addition of tin (and the other metals) is to create a metal which is stronger than copper alone. It is this strength that lends bronze to sculpture making, tool making and coin and medal making.

  5. Carbon Steel
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    Carbon and mild steel are steels with the main alloying component carbon added. It available in four categories which are low-carbon steel, medium-carbon steel, high-carbon steel and ultra-high-carbon-steel. Depending on its strength, carbon steel can be used to make anything from springs, to fences and bridges.

  6. Cast Iron
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    Cast iron is an alloy of iron and carbon which has a very low melting temperature as well as good fluidity, castability, excellent machinability, resistance to deformation and wear resistance. It is commonly used in pipes, bridges, cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and gearboxes.

  7. Copper and Copper Alloys
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    Copper exists in pure metal form, as well as copper alloys which are combined with iron, tin, aluminium, manganese, nickel or zinc to make the likes of brass or bronze. Copper is most commonly used in electrical wiring because of its high electrical conductivity.

  8. Lead
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    Lead is a heavy metal that has a high density and low melting point. It is widely used because it is abundant and easily mined. Lead is used in building construction, lead–acid batteries, bullets and shot, weights, as part of solders, pewters, fusible alloys, and as a radiation shield.

  9. Nickel and Nickel Alloys
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    Nickel is a chemical that is highly resistant to corrosion. It has many industrial and domestic uses, one being the use in jewellery making – thanks to its likeness to silver. Nickel is also used in stainless steel, alnico magnets, coinage, rechargeable batteries, electric guitar strings, microphone capsules, plating on plumbing fixtures and special alloys such as permalloy, elinvar, and invar.

  10. Precious Metals
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    A precious metal os a metallic chemical element of high value. The most recognisable precious metals are gold and silver but the platinum group are precious metals too. They have various applications in industry but are most widely used to produce decorative items such as jewellery, or sold as a commodity on the investment market.

  11. Stainless Steel
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    Stainless steel is an alloyed metal that does not corrode, rust or stain the way ordinary steel does. It is commonly used in coils, sheets, plates, bars, wire, and tubing to be used in cookware, cutlery, household hardware, surgical instruments, major appliances, industrial equipment and as an automotive and aerospace structural alloy and construction material in large buildings.

  12. Tin
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    Tin is a chemical element widely used in alloying (often combined with bronze and copper). Tin exists in two forms – white and grey, with white being much more commonly used. Tin is most widely used to plate to avoid corrosion.

  13. Titanium and Titanium Alloys
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    Titanium is a metal that is highly resistant to sea water, aqua regia, and chlorine. Titanium alloys are metals that contain a mixture of titanium and other chemical elements which have a high tensile strength and toughness and are resistant to corrosion.

  14. Tool Steel
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    Tool steel refers to carbon and alloy steels that are suited to making tools. The benefit of tool steel is its strength, resistance to corrosion and abrasion. There are six groups of tool steels: water-hardened, cold-worked, shock-resistant, high-speed, hot-work, and special purpose.

  15. Other
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    Other products that didn't quite fit into any of the above categories.