The quality and durability of the products we produce is the result of quality service and using the right materials for the job. We will use any material a client wants us to use, whether it is 304 stainless steel, carbon steel, 5052-H32 aluminum alloy or a superalloy. We will be happy to discuss what the right material is, and if you already know what you want, we’ll be happy to provide it.
Stainless Steel (304 & 316 alloy)
Stainless steel is probably one of the most common materials we use. It is an inox steel, meaning it’s an alloy with at least a 10.5% makeup of chromium. Stainless steel is commonly used in cutlery, surgical instruments, automobiles, industrial equipment and many different household items. We primarily use 304 stainless steel and 316 stainless steel. These two kinds of stainless steel are some of the most common in the world. The difference between 304 and 316 has to do with the corrosion resistance. While 304 is highly corrosive resistant, 316 is even more resistant.
The American Iron and Steel Institute define carbon steel as a steel where no minimum content is specified or required for chromium, cobalt, molybdenum, nickel, niobium, titanium, tungsten, vanadium, zirconium or any other element be added to obtain a desired alloying effect. In short, it’s any steel that is not stainless steel.
Aluminum Alloys (5052-H32 & 6061-T6)
Aluminum, in many instances, is the best material for the job. It’s lightweight, resistant to corrosion, has a high electrical conductivity and can be shaped into almost any form. Aluminum is commonly used in sheet metal work, hydraulic tubes, appliances, pressure vessels, hardware signs, marine applications and much more. In general, we typically work with 5052-H32 or 6061-T6. 5052-H32 has the best welding characteristics of any aluminum, but it’s malleable qualities make it difficult to machine. 6061-T6 is different than 5052-H32 because it is harder and therefore machines easier. However this hardness makes 6061-T6 difficult to use for sheet metal because it tends to crack during bending unless a larger bend radius is used.
High-Nickel Alloys or Superalloys
Alloys referred to as high-nickel or superalloys are used because of their extremely high level of corrosion and temperature resistance. Most of these alloys are related to austenitic stainless steels but have higher levels of chromium, molybdenum and nickel. These alloys can be difficult to work with, but we do have the capability to cut and work with high-nickel alloys or superalloys like Inconel and Hastelloy.
If you have any questions about the materials listed above or any other materials you’d like to work with please reach out. We would be happy to discuss your needs and our capabilities.