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316 Stainless Steel: A Must for Corrosion Protection, or Can You Go Cheaper?

Many know 316 stainless steel as the go-to metal for heavy-duty applications. It’s tough, corrosion-resistant, and … expensive.

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SS Vs. SUS … Is There a Difference? Yes and No

Scientists and engineers have a habit of giving weird names to things, or at least struggling to align them universally. Stainless steel is no different. A common question we see on metalworking...

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Carbon Steel Grades Chart in Easy PDF Form

Carbon steel is a misleading term -- all steel has carbon in it. Likewise, it’s hard not only to keep track of what’s considered carbon steel, but also which grades possess the qualities your...

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303 Vs. 304 Stainless Steel: What's Best for Your Project?

Chances are you know about 304 stainless steel, which accounts for 50% of all stainless steel in existence. Despite its superior popularity, 304 often gets lumped in with 303 stainless steel...

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The Cost of Steel & How Involving a Vendor Tightens Your Supply Chain

The cost of steel is more complicated than you might think. Steel is a global commodity, and its price varies daily.

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304 Vs. 304L Stainless Steel for Industrial or Commercial Projects

In terms of popularity, 304 grade is the reigning champion of austenitic stainless steels. But there’s a challenger called 304L with its own merits for commercial and industrial projects. So, who...

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Best Stainless Steel Grades for Machine and Laser Cutting

Stainless steels can be readily cut using a variety of methods. An old standby is machine cutting, while laser cutting is a more modern offering. But have you ever wondered if your favorite...

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Stainless Steel Grades Chart PDF -- Types of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is a material with tons to offer. Its popularity also means there are seemingly a million different stainless steel grades. (Actually, there a few hundred.)

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304 or 316 Stainless Steel Tubing? 3 Differences that Decide Your Project’s Success

You may already know the most common stainless steel grades in manufacturing: 304 and 316. But what’s behind their popularity? The success of your stainless steel tubing project may depend on you...

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Is Aluminum Tubing Right for Your Application?

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You know aluminum. You love aluminum. It’s your brain’s automatic go-to when you start an engineering project and need materials. But is aluminum tubing...

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