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Please use our steel and metal guide below to better understand common alloy uses and characteristics.

Aluminum Alloys

6061 bar, sheet, plate, pipe, tube & structural Most common, high strength, good welding, gradual radius forming
3003 diamond plate shiny, formable, weldable
5086 diamond plate good corrosion resistance, fair formability
5754 top grip extra traction, formable, weldable
5052 sheet, plate formable, weldable
2024 bars, plate high strength, aircraft applications, good machining, poor welding
7075 bars, plate high strength, aircraft applications, good machining, poor welding
2011 bars screw machine stock, excellent machining, poor welding
2017 bars screw machine stock, excellent machining, poor welding
6262 bars screw machine stock, excellent machining, poor welding
CAST jig plate specialized for jigs & fixtures, very flat, highly stable, poor welding
6063 structural, tube, pipe medium strength, formable for large radius, weldable, machineable

Stainless Steel

303 bars good machining, poor welding
304 bar, sheet, plate, tube, pipe, structurual good welding, fair machining
316 sheet, rounds good welding, excellent corrosion resistance, fair machining
17-4 rounds high strength, good corrosion resistance

Carbon Steel

A-36 sheet, plate, bar most common type, good welding, forming, strength, poor machining
1018 bar, sheet most common cold rolled grade, strong, good welding, fair machining
1045 pate, bar medium carbon, high strength, good welding, poor forming, most common shaft material
4140-A pate, bar high strength, good wear and abrasion resistance
4140-HT pate, bar high strength, good wear and abrasion resistance, heated to a higher "rock well", poor machining
12L14 bars leaded machine stock, great machining, poor welding
1144 bars similar to 1045, high strength shaft alloy, good welding, good machining
1055 blade or edge high strength, good welding, poor forming
T-1 plate 321 Brinnel Hardness, high strength, good welding, good machining, hard to bend
AR 200 sheet, plate shearable, formable, abrasion resistant, 200 Brinnel Hardness
AR 400 sheet, plate too hard to shear, abrasion resistant, 400 Brinnel Hardness
1215 bars great machinability, good welding, screw machine stock
8620 bars strong, good welding, fair machinability
COR-TEN sheet, plate higher strength than A36, good corrosion resistance
GRADE 50 sheet, plate higher strength than A36, good corrosion resistance
GRADE 70 plate pressure vestel good machining, good toughness
GRADE 80 plate pressure vestel good machining, good toughness
FREE MAX plate excellent machinability
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What is a metal alloy?

An alloy is a mixture of metals melted together to form a new metal with characteristics different from those metals from which it is made.

Stainless Steel Alloy

Primarily made of iron, with a substantial amount of chromium and nickel added during the alloying process, makes up stainless steels. Metallurgists have produced a whole range of different stainless steel alloys, the most notable for architects being the variation of the chemistry of stainless steel alloy #316 to produce a higher corrosion-resistant alloy which is used in many marine environments. Chromium and nickel impart the “stainless” aspect to an otherwise rustable iron (and are also responsible for the price of stainless steels being so much higher compared to hot rolled and cold finished steels).

Aluminum Alloys

An Aluminum alloy is a metal primarily of pure aluminum, mixed with different alloying elements that give rise to an entire range of materials, each of which is designed to maximize a particular characteristic such as strength, ductility, formability, machinability, or electrical conductivity.

Aluminum is the most commonly used and commercially available metal. Its light weight and high strength-to-weight ratio make it a good choice for everything from aluminum tubing, aluminum plate, to pipe to just about anything else you can make out of metal.

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Hot Rolled Steel

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