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304 stainless steel sheet metal is the preferred material for a diverse range of applications across many industries. Its corrosion resistance and chemical composition make it the ideal choice for prototyping, fabrication, and engineering. It’s an austenitic stainless steel alloy with a high nickel and chromium content, providing exceptional durability, which makes it well suited for a variety of environments that require corrosive protection or heat resistance. Furthermore, it can be easily soldered or welded without any special preparation, making it suitable for large scale production processes of stainless steel components.
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304 stainless steel sheets are a versatile metal, that will last a long time and can be used for myriad DIY and industrial applications.
Our 304 stainless steel sheets has a plastic coating applied to protect the surface during transportation and handling. The stainless steel sheets provided by Speciality Metals can be used for almost any application. Stainless Steel grades of varying grades are available in our stock to assist you in meeting your needs. We stock a wide variety of alloys from the 300 series, however, we also stock special alloys from the 430 series.
These stainless sheets are offered here in small sizes to suit all requirements. We also offer metal sheet in full 2 metre x 1 metre panels.
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Our sheet metal is also available in mild steel and aluminium.
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Furthermore we stock a vast range of plain wire mesh and perforated metal options that compliment our sheet metal range perfectly.
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304 grade stainless steel sheet metal is a versatile material that can be used in a wide range of applications, which include:
If you require a magnetic stainless steel sheet then check out the 430 series.
The main properties are:
Here are some differences between stainless steel and mild steel sheet:
Yes, 304 stainless steel sheets can indeed be welded and fabricated. Due to its excellent weldability and fabricability, 304 stainless steel is one of the most widely used stainless steel grades.
When welding 304 stainless steel, it’s essential to prevent intergranular corrosion, which can occur at high temperatures. It is possible to ensure strong weld joints by using a filler material with a matching composition, such as a 308 stainless steel filler rod. To maximise corrosion resistance, post-weld annealing may also be beneficial.
304 stainless steel can be formed and fabricated using a variety of techniques. Besides bending, cutting, stamping, and spinning, it responds well to most common forming methods. The strength of 304 stainless steel can be slightly increased by cold working processes. Excessive cold work may also make the material more magnetic and increase its susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking. When fabricating 304 stainless steel, it’s essential to follow best practices to maintain its corrosion resistance and mechanical properties.
304 stainless steel is generally considered non-magnetic in its annealed state. Due to the presence of nickel in its composition, it has a decrease in magnetic properties because it stabilises the austenitic structure. If 304 stainless steel is cold worked or altered in other ways, it can exhibit some magnetic properties. A fully magnetic stainless steel would be 430 stainless steel. Due to its ferritic microstructure, 430 stainless steel is magnetic by nature because it contains a higher proportion of iron and no nickel. For applications requiring magnetic characteristics, 430 stainless steel is often recommended over 304 stainless steel.
Check out our recent article ‘Stainless Steel Sheet Metal: A Helpful Guide’ for a deeper dive into all things stainless sheeting. Our goal for our blogs and help guides is to answer as many questions as possible to help to explain the possibilities of mesh to our customers.
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