Metal Wire Selection Guide

The specific type of metal wire that you choose for your projects can significantly impact the viability of your product. Different compositions offer varying levels of strength, toughness, magnetism and corrosion resistance that all need to be weighed based on the factors of the intended product application. It’s critical to select a wire material that will offer the best functionality and the most optimal service life.

Steel wire needs to be carefully selected, as it is available in multiple grades with differing properties. There are two main considerations that influence these properties, the first being the chemistry or the “recipe” of the base metal. This chemistry consideration leads to three broad categories of base metal types: 1) carbon steel grades, 2) alloy steel grades and 3) stainless steel grades

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