Stainless steel is an alloy made from two or more separate elements alloyed together. The primary alloying element of stainless steel is the metal iron (with a small amount of added carbon). The addition of metal chromium to stainless steel is what gives it a high level of rust-resisting properties.
Thin and corrosion resistant, stainless steel sheets are used in a variety of applications, ranging from lightweight residential and architectural or industrial and marine applications.
Popular applications of stainless steel sheet include industrial and marine applications, automotive trim and appliance components.
Stainless steel sheets exhibit such characteristics as corrosion resistance, excellent weldability, and good formability.
Popular grades of stainless steel sheet include 304, 316, 430, 201, 304L, 316L
Two common methods for cutting stainless steel sheet are shear cutting and laser cutting.
Among the benefits of laser cutting is that it creates a small heat-affected zone, which means minimal part distortion.
Shearing is used for cutting flat sheet and plate, most often straight side rectangles and squares, although other straight side shapes can be produced. The benefits to this method include faster cutting cycles than alternatives like flame cutting, as well as cleaner edges when compared to burning.
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