Red River Precision Joins up with Westwood High School’s Robotics Team

If you don’t have school aged kids you might not know about a new trend sweeping the nation. It isn’t dance, music, or clothing—It’s robotics. Yep, all across the country, teams of elementary, middle, and high school kids are coming together to engineer and build robots to compete against other teams. As the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) says it’s ‘the ultimate sport for the mind.’

We were extremely excited to be asked to help a local team build their robot to compete in FRC. We provided some water jet work they needed on 1 x 2 aluminum tubing. Their robot #2583 is impressive—big, orange and blue, with hooks that can grab onto things.

FRC had over 3,000 teams participating nationwide and 66 teams that participated in the Alamo region. The Westwood team and Robot 2583 did great! They advanced to the semi-finals for the first time and set a record for the team. Another first for the team was winning the entrepreneurship award where they had to ‘sell’ their robot to a panel of judges. You can watch Robot 2583 in action here and see photos from the competition. (Scroll to the bottom of the first page to see ‘our’ bot.)

A competition like this is exciting in so many ways. It builds teamwork and develops skills that will carry these students into careers like engineering or manufacturing. We are thrilled to be supporting the next generation of engineers and the school programs that are developing talent in the technology fields. Red River is proud of the job they did and looks forward to continuing to offer support and guidance as students continue to compete and explore engineering.

The What, Why, and How of Metal Finishing – And the Many Advantages

Metal finishing is one of those manufacturing processes that so many people and businesses use without knowing exactly what it is, or why it’s as prevalent and advantageous as it is. The fact is, it’s relied upon in countless applications and industries, and has brought the industry equally numerous benefits.

The What and Why of Metal Finishing

The manufacturing industry relies on a huge array of metals; from stainless steel and metal_fabricationtitanium to aluminum and copper, the vast majority of manufacturing equipment—as well as the products the industry produces—are made from metal.

However, what many people don’t realize is that these metals wouldn’t offer close to the amount of advantages they do without metal finishing. The process treats the exterior of a metal product by adding various layers, making the product exponentially better.

There are numerous types of metal finishing, but whichever the type and its specific process, the result is a product that lasts longer and looks better. Some of the types of metal finishing include:

  • Metal Plating
  • Metal Grinding
  • Sand Blasting
  • Powder Coating
  • Hot Blackening
  • Buff Polishing
  • Brushed Metal Finishing

Benefits and Applications for Metal Polishing

Most often, metal finishing is done to achieve longevity, resistance to wear, ease of maintenance/cleaning, and improved appearance. More specifically, advantages include:

  • Greater chemical and electrical resistance
  • Improved durability
  • Better electrical conductivity
  • Better tarnish resistance
  • Enhanced brightness, color, reflectivity, etc.
  • Improved corrosion resistance

As a result of the many distinct advantages provided by metal finishing, there are limitless possibilities for its use in manufacturing. Some of the many industries that use it include electronics, aerospace, telecommunications, automotives, appliances, and many more.

For so many reasons, the process of metal finishing makes good products great, and is relied upon by manufacturers of varying products throughout the world.