Stainless Steel is a very popular metal alloy due to its corrosion resistance and strength. Chromium and Nickel (and to a smaller degree, other metals) are alloyed with Steel to provide physical strength and outstanding corrosion resistance. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) designates many varieties of Steel and Stainless Steel, based on standard compositions. They have developed a three-digit numbering system, which is commonly used to identify each type. Type 304 (also called 18/8) is the most common type, composed of Steel, plus 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel. Stainless Steel is an excellent choice for many applications in electrical and electronic industries where it is in contact with moisture or other corrosive elements.
- Anti-corrosive and tarnish resistant
- Thermal conductivity is better than steel
- Like Steel, it is not a relatively good conductor of electricity.
- Depending on the specific alloy type, there are both magnetic and non-magnetic types.
- Excellent formability and high-temperature performance
Stainless Steel Etching Applications:
Because of its anticorrosive characteristics and tarnish-free surface, Stainless Steel is excellent for applications which come into contact with moisture and other corrosive elements. It is often used for components in commercial applications and industry for its strength, temperature resistance, corrosion resistance and appearance. Stainless Steel products etched and fabricated by Fotofab include:
- Medical instruments and device components
- Autoclave instruments and blades
- Washers and shims
- Filters or screens
- Reflective optical components and light baffles
- Optical encoders
- Flat springs
- Mechanical parts
- Identification plates
- There are more than 60 grades of Stainless Steel, which can be categorized into 5 series based on their alloying elements
- As a material to accept various fabrication methods, Stainless Steel can be more challenging than softer metals