Sheet metal comes with a variety of specified benefits attained from the material used in fabrication and forming. Estes Design & Manufacturing utilizes stainless and carbon steels and aluminum in its fabrication designs. By offering a variety of sheet metal options for design and production, Estes can produce metal pieces with materials specific to their intended use. From heavy to lightweight, durable to flexible, Estes Design & Manufacturing communicates and aids clients in understanding the advantages of different material options based on industry use.
As one of the most widely used steel metals, carbon steel is highly malleable and comes in a range of carbon content levels. Estes distinguishes its carbon steel with four different finishes: cold rolled, hot rolled, galvanized, and galvannealed. Cold rolled steel is more brittle than hot rolled and also causes more concern with forming operations. Hot rolled is used for forming steel and is less expensive than cold rolled finishes. Carbon steel is usually brittle and cannot be used for welding; it loses its flexibility in below-freezing temperatures, causing the steel to crack.
Stainless steel is made from the above described carbon steel with an additional layer of chromium oxide, about a 10.5% added weight in chromium. This layer is protective to the material and prevents corrosion and rusting. Unlike protective coverings that tend to dissolve or wear down over time, chromium is prevalent all the way through the steel, keeping the material continually replenished and protected. More on the expensive side, stainless is used for sinks, street furniture, cable trays, surgical instruments, water tubing, wire, etc.
Known as “the metal of modern life,” aluminum is lightweight yet durable. Its versatile, non-toxic, and corrosion resistant surface makes aluminum the ideal material for more fuel-efficient cars, electronics, and buildings. Finally, its highly recyclable characteristic explains why a large percentage of all aluminum produced in the world is still in use today.
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