The Blacksmith’s Hammer: Melting, Manufacturing, Stamping and Fabricating 5052 Aluminum Alloy


Hello! Welcome to The Blacksmith’s Hammer, a blog by Vulcan, Inc. Since 1935, Vulcan’s core products and services have been linked by a common thread… Aluminum. With five vertically integrated manufacturing facilities working together, each Vulcan division shares resources as well as knowledge, providing innovative fit-for-purpose products for a wide variety of markets.

Our blog, The Blacksmith’s Hammer, is intended to be an online extension of cutting edge aluminum manufacturing and fabrication information through metalworking. Our goal is to deliver insightful articles that stream live from our campus, providing in-depth knowledge of Vulcan, our capabilities and the markets we serve.

Our company and blog name say a lot about our commitment to the aluminum industry. Vulcan is symbolic of the metal industry, and is particularly appropriate for our company as melters, casters, rollers and fabricators of metal.

VULCAN: Roman and Greek God of fire and the forge; mythical inventor of smithing and metal working


This cast aluminum statue of Vulcan is located in the lobby of our corporate headquarters.

Below is a preview of a few of the topics that will be covered in this blog. We look forward to your comments and suggestions!

  • Alloy Substitution: What is the real difference between 5052 and 3000 Series?
  • Vinyl Sheeting 101: Everything you wanted to know and more
  • Custom Metal Stamping: An in-depth look at the process
  • 5754 Aluminum Alloy: The science behind 5754
  • Conversion Coating 101: 7 Steps to alodizing sign blanks
  • ANSI Safety Sign Redesign: What you need to know to comply

A longstanding reputation for quality products and competitive prices has placed Vulcan at the forefront of the various markets we serve. Our many years of experience in aluminum rolling and fabrication has broadened our marketing arena to include the manufacture of aluminum coil, aluminum blanks and sheet, traffic control signs, utility signs and markers, and custom metal stampings. For more information, please visit our website.

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