Using stainless steel for your custom projects can offer many benefits. Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used materials in Australia, as it is highly durable and resistant to corrosion. Australian companies typically use 300-series stainless steel, which is composed of a mixture of chromium, nickel, and other elements. Stainless Steel can be used in a variety of applications, from kitchen and bathroom fixtures to appliances and furniture, buildings, and medical grade products. To find out if Stainless Steel is suitable to use in your custom projects, read on below:
1- Resistant To Corrosion - One of the best and well known features of stainless steel is that it is corrosion resistant. In 1913 when it was first created it was more commonly known as the ‘Rustless Steel’. The chromium component in stainless steel is what reacts to the oxygen in the air, and creates a protective like barrier; therefore making it resistant to corrosion and rust. Being resistant to corrosion means that products made of stainless steel, have an infinite lifespan.
2- Easy to Clean and Maintain - Stainless steel is incredibly low maintenance, and is very easy to clean. While it does need regular attention, it is simple enough that all you need to do is wipe away any smudges or marks.
3- Sustainable - Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and can be recycled over and over again without affecting its quality. When it no longer serves its purpose and is being recycled there is no risk of any toxic chemicals leaking out like other materials. There are also no concerns or risk of health issues to people during the production of stainless steel or while it is being used. This is why it is the most common material used in food-processing, catering, and medical industries.
4 - Aesthetically Pleasing - The aesthetics of stainless steel make it a popular choice for many when it comes to choosing a material for their products. Being able to finish stainless steel in a variety of ways including brushed, polished or blasted also makes it one of the most versatile materials on the market. While being aesthetically pleasing may not be high on the list of things to consider when having a small part manufactured, it is something to think about if the end product is going to be on display or in a commercial environment.
5 - Value for Money - While stainless steel generally sits in the middle of the price scale when it comes to materials used for manufacturing, it's longevity and the reasons listed above it was makes it such good value.