When it comes to wire forming there are several materials can be used for projects. It’s hard to name the best material option because not all projects are the same and not all wire materials are the same. With this in mind, here’s a short list of some of the best materials to use for wire forming projects:
Grade 304 Stainless Steel
As an austenitic stainless steel alloy, grade 304 stainless steel boasts incredibly high corrosion resistance and has a higher tensile strength of 621 MPa (90 ksi), making it ideal for handling heavier loads and mild corrosive environments. Grade 304 stainless steel also resists oxidation better than plain steel or iron.
Grade 316 Stainless Steel
Grade 316 SS is a more corrosion-resistant steel than grade 304 stainless steel is. In particular, 316 stainless steel is better at resisting chlorides, such as salt, which makes this stainless steel grade ideal for applications involving caustic environments too hostile for grade 304.
Grade 434 Stainless Steel
A ferritic alloy of stainless steel, Grade 434 stainless steel has exceptional resistance to pitting. Although less chemically resistant than grade 304, grade 434 is still superior at resisting oxidation, corrosion, and pitting than plain steel is.
Polyester TGIC Powder Coat
A specialized coating to protect the actual wire form from exposure to harsh chemicals and high temperatures, polyester TGIC (triglycidyl isocyanurate) is a powder coat that is particularly resistant to abrasions and chlorides.
Epoxy High Solid Coat
Like the polyester TGIC powder coat, epoxy solid coatings are strongly resistant to marring, staining, chipping, humidity, and many solvents to provide excellent protection for metal wire forms.
Plastisol (PVC) Coat
Plastisol is a flexible coating material with properties that can vary based on what plasticizer and processes are used to apply it. It is especially suited for protecting wire forms from chemical exposure.
Inconel® is the brand name of a specially-formulated series of alloys that are specifically made to withstand intense temperatures of up to 1,093.3°C (2,000°F).
Grade 330 Stainless Steel
Another alloy specifically formulated for use in high-temperature applications, grade 330 stainless steel can withstand prolonged exposure to temperatures of up to 1,037°C (1,900°F).
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