Stainless steel might seem a more costly material to produce parts and components but there is no denying that it is a high-quality material. This type of metal offers a value proposition that other materials don’t. It offers various benefits to designers, engineers and manufacturers alike for a wide range of applications.
If you are thinking about your next laser cutting project and are undecided on the utilisation of this material, continue reading as week delve into the benefits.
What is Stainless Steel?
This material comes in 60 varieties, known as grades. It is produced from an alloy of iron and chromium. The chromium produces a thin layer of oxide on the surface of the material. This is called the passive layer. It is this layer that allows it to be corrosion-resistant, which is perfect for projects in the elements.
What are the main benefits?
Stainless steel might come with a higher upfront cost, but over time, due to its nature, you will find that you will have very little in the way of maintenance associated. As it is hard-wearing and corrosion-resistant it doesn’t need painting or coating to protect it from the elements.
Due to this protection, you’ll find that you won’t need to order replacements as much. While other materials might rust or rot and will cost you more to replace, you can be happy with the knowledge that you won’t have the additional cost of purchasing replacements.
Due to the many grades available, you’ll be able to find the right grade for the right environment, whether it be inside, outside, for manufacturing or for display. Stainless steel can be used for so many things.
Heat & Corrosion Resistance:
It is perfect for long lasting projects. It is resistant to corrosion and heat, making stainless steel a perfect material for projects where high temperatures are a factor.
Over 50% of stainless steel is actually produced from previously used stainless steel that has been melted down and forged. Why invest in a material that cannot be repurposed further down the line when you can invest in a material that can be recycled.
Stainless Steel is an extremely hygienic material, that is low maintenance and easy to clean. Dirt, grim and bacteria struggle to exert themselves on the smooth, non-porous surface. This makes it the perfect material to use in hospitals, factories and homes.
Stainless steel is a brilliant material to laser cut from. We use it to produce a wide range of parts and components. If you would like to discuss your laser cutting needs, contact the team at SSC Laser today.