Getting a project off the ground requires making countless decisions. One of them is choosing the precise metal to ensure proper functionality. Given the number of metal and alloy options, the decision is not always easy. The best way to choose the correct metal is to carefully consider the needs of your project and compare them against the property of each candidate metal. In this article we will look at the differences between stainless steel and aluminum.
Stainless steel is a generic name for a variety of steels known for their resistance to corrosion. Chromium is the “magic” ingredient added to steel that provides the corrosion resistance. Stainless steel is utilized by numerous industries: food, medical, automobile, the list goes on and on. Unlike a galvanized coating that can be worn away, stainless steel’s corrosion resistant property is embedded throughout the material. A stainless-steel knife worn down from resharpening will remain rust free. The material itself supplies the corrosion resistance. Low, long-term maintenance costs make stainless steel an excellent choice for longwearing parts.
Aluminum is the earth’s most plentiful metal. Used to produce cans, planes, cell phones, automobiles, cookware and even the foil for leftovers, this versatile metal is super lightweight and easy to fold and mold. Aluminum has a self-protecting characteristic which makes it highly resistant to corrosion. When aluminum surfaces are exposed to oxygen, a thin invisible oxide layer quickly forms, making it resistant to further oxidization. And thanks to recycling, about 75% of all the aluminum ever made is still in use.
Stainless steel and aluminum are very versatile materials found in products we use in our everyday life. So, whether your project requires stainless steel, aluminum, or another alloy, Reliable Metal Stamping Co., Inc. is here to help. Contact us today to get your custom metal stamping project off the ground.
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