Stainless Steel

Corrosion Resistance, Excellent for Forming

Expert Stainless Steel Prototyping

Stainless steel does not stain, corrode, or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it stains less, but it is not stain-proof). Stainless steel is a good forming material with good to excellent forming properties.

Since the material is easy to work with, it helps keep the project costs low. One advantage stainless steel has is that many parts do not need additional post plating.

Even though the additional cost of the material may be higher, in many cases eliminating the need for post plating operations can make the overall part cost lower.

In addition, since post-plating or finishing can be an environmentally unfriendly process due to the chemicals and waste by-products products, using stainless steel can help with environmental sustainability and recycling concerns.

Alloy

Temper

Cost

Bend/Form

Comments

301-304

Annealed

$$

Excellent

No HT/Plating

301-304

Half Hard

$$

Excellent

No HT/Plating

301-304

Full Hard

$$$

Good

No HT/Plating

316

Soft

$$$$

Excellent

No HT/Plating

410

Annealed

$$$$

Excellent

Heat Treat

420

Annealed

$$$$

Excellent

Heat Treat