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Benefits of Stainless Steel

With a wide range of alloy options to choose from, stainless steel is an aesthetically pleasing metal well-suited for custom machined components and parts.  Known for its high strength and durability, stainless steel components are used across industries such as medical, automotive, and aerospace. From surgical instruments to aerospace engine components, stainless steel is an ideal metal for your next custom machined parts or components.

Common Stainless Steel Alloys

Stainless steel can be categorized into four main groups.

  • Austenitic
    • General purpose, commonly used type of stainless steel.
    • Include higher chromium and nickel levels than other stainless steels
      • High chromium levels reflect a higher corrosion resistance
  • Malleable with high strength
  • Non-magnetic
  • Ferritic
    • Magnetic
    • Composition includes 10%-20% chromium
    • Usually contain low amounts of carbon
    • Resistant to stress cracking
    • Martensitic
      • Composition includes nickel, chromium, carbon, and molybdenum
      • Similar to ferritic stainless steel with lower amounts of carbon
      • Suitable for food processing applications and components
      • Duplex
        • Combination of austenitic and ferritic stainless steel
        • Cost effective when compared to austenitic steel
        • Good weldability

Common Stainless Steel Grades

While there are a variety of stainless steel grades, commonly used stainless steel grades for manufactured components include:

  • 200 Series
    • Austenitic alloys
    • 300 Series
      • Grades 304 and 316 are often used for components and parts
        • Grade 304 is the most common grade of stainless steel
        • Grade 316 resists corrosion in marine environments
        • 400 Series
          • Grades 430 and 434 are Ferritic
          • Grade 420 is Martensitic. Often used for knives and cutlery
            • Suitable for medical components

Advantages of Stainless Steel

Valued for its high corrosion resistance, stainless steel is a versatile alloy that offers the following advantages:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • High strength
  • Hygienic
  • Recyclable
  • Impact resistant
  • Easily fabricated
  • Heat resistant

Manufacturing Options for Stainless Steel Components

There is a range of options for manufacturing stainless steel components and parts. We have extensive experience with the following manufacturing processes for stainless steel parts.

Compass & Anvil Sourcing Knowledge and Experience

Decades of metal manufacturing knowledge allow Compass & Anvil to source the right manufacturer for your stainless steel component needs. With quick turnaround times and full-service sourcing, we understand how important it is to get your stainless steel parts and components finished on time, and on budget.

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Work with us and let us help you get the high-quality stainless steel metal machined parts you need. Request a quote or call us at 408-205-1319 and start a stainless steel project with us today.