Stainless Steel

High tensile strength, corrosion and temperature resistant.

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Basic info


Process
CNC machining, injection molding, sheet metal fabrication

Tolerance
With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 medium

Price
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Characteristics


Applications
Industrial applications, fittings, fasteners, cookware, medical devices

Subtypes
303, 304L, 316L, 410, 416, 440C, etc

Finishing options
Black Oxide, Electropolishing, ENP, Media Blasting, Nickel Plating, Passivation, Powder Coating, Tumble Polishing, Zinc Plating

Stainless steel is the low carbon steel that offers many properties that are sought after for industrial applications. Stainless steel typically contains a minimum of 10% chromium by weight.

The material properties associated with stainless steel have made it a popular metal within a broad range of industries, including construction, automotive, aerospace and more. Within these industries, Stainless steel is versatile and is an effective choice for many applications.

Subtypes

303 Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
35,000 psi
Elongation at Break
42.5%
Hardness
Rockwell B95
Density
0.29 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
2550° F

304L Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
30,000 psi
Elongation at Break
50%
Hardness
Rockwell B80 (medium)
Density
0.29 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
1500° F

316L Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
30,000 psi
Elongation at Break
39%
Hardness
Rockwell B95
Density
0.29 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
1500° F

410 Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
65,000 psi
Elongation at Break
30%
Hardness
Rockwell B90
Density
0.28 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
1200° F

416 Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
75,000 psi
Elongation at Break
22.5%
Hardness
Rockwell B80
Density
0.28 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
1200° F

440C Stainless Steel


Yield Strength (tensile)
110,000 psi
Elongation at Break
8%
Hardness
Rockwell C20
Density
0.28 lbs / cu. in.
Maximum Temp
800° F

Surface Finishing Options

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Bead Blasting

Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.

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Brushing

Brushing is a surface treatment process in which abrasive belts are used to draw traces on the surface of a material, usually for aesthetic purposes.

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Powder Coating

Powder coating forms a durable, wear resistant and corrosion resistant layer on the surface of parts. Powder coating can be used to apply colors to parts and is compatible with any metal.

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Painting

Painting the surface of a part improves its aesthetic appearance and can provide brand recognition to consumers. In addition, painting can have a protective effect on parts.

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Polishing

Polishing is the process of creating a smooth and shiny surface, either through physical rubbing of the part or by chemical interference. The process produces a surface with significant specular reflection, but in some materials is able to reduce diffuse reflection.

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