Advances in the efficiency of steelmaking in the 17th century mark some of the most important points on the timeline of metallurgy; the discovery of stainless steel also ranks very high in importance in terms of its implications for industry and commerce. Read More…
Maysteel Industries, LLCAllenton, WI | 262-251-1632
Maysteel provides complex sheet metal fabrication with a focus on design for manufacturing. Founded in 1936, we combine our extensive engineering experience and market knowledge with an expanding supply chain footprint, allowing us to fabricate products that others can’t. We design, engineer and manufacture custom OEM sheet metal enclosures, kiosks, cabinets and racks. We have locations in the U.S. and Mexico, as well as partnerships in Europe. For more information, visit www.maysteel.com.$$$
Accurate Metal Stamping (AMS)Fort Worth, TX | 817-284-9444
Accurate Metal Stamping is a dedicated and trusted leader in the metal fabrication industry. We are committed to providing our customers with unbeatable service, high-quality products, and competitive prices. Accurate Metal Stamping is your one-stop shop for all your metal fabrication needs.$$$
Genesee Global GroupWest Henrietta, NY | 585-475-0450
Genesee Global Group offers a diverse range of metal fabrications designed to meet our customers' needs. We are well-known nationwide for consistently providing high-quality products and exceptional customer service. Our capabilities include machining, custom metal fabrication, specialty welding, and complex assemblies. We focus on continually improving our products and our service, so you are only ever getting the best from us.$$$
Mayville Engineering CompanyMayville, WI | 920-387-4500
Mayville Engineering is a provider of metal fabrications, mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies. In addition, we provide secondary operations such as hard tooled stamping, laser cutting, NC punching, machining, welding, powder coating and electro-deposition coating.$$$
SFIConway, AR | 501-329-8328
SFI provides metal fabrication services and customer metal fabrication to Original Equipment Manufacturers. We utilize skilled craftsmen and the latest technologies to produce parts that feed into planned-demand manufacturing operations. The customers and geographies we service are diverse. The common thread is the value we produce from our know-how, quality, location, engineering support and risk mitigation. We understand the vital role we play in the Supply Chain.$$$
Stainless steel is defined as any steel with a minimum chromium content of 10.5%. Also known as corrosion-resistant steel, the defining feature of stainless steel is its resistance to oxidation, which is also known as rusting. This distinct advantage over low-chromium steel and cast iron, which rusts easily when exposed to the atmosphere, has made stainless steel an invaluable asset to metallurgists, metal fabricators and even sculptors.
For example, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri, is plated with stainless steel. It can be milled into coils and wire, bars, plates, tubes and sheets and can be used in applications ranging from household cookware fabrication to handgun manufacturing. Stainless steel is also recyclable; it can be recycled without degradation of strength, durability or corrosion resistance.
Stainless steel's versatility and other attractive properties make it a popular fabrication material for an expansive range of industries. For this reason, many fabrication processes have been developed to accommodate the fabrication of steel products. Stainless steel fabrication typically falls into two categories.
The first category is heavy fabrication, which can include the manufacturing of steel parts for large projects like ships and bridges. Light fabrication includes the production of parts for smaller operations like automotive manufacturing and for use in utilities like water tanks. Stainless steel fabrication operations include stamping, cutting, bending, laser cutting, and welding.
In some cases, steel can be extruded and even molded, but such processes are rare as steel is a very strong material and requires extreme heat to become pliable enough to be forced through a die or into a mold cavity. More commonly, shaped steel products are roll formed, often into channels or angles for use in construction contexts. Stainless steel can also be formed into enclosures, frames, brackets, panels, grills, cabinets and many more shapes.