Stainless Steel Machining

Trace-A-Matic specializes in stainless steel CNC machining parts and assemblies using cutting-edge turning, milling, 5-axis centers, and high-speed cutting tools. Years of experience provide expert knowledge of cutting various stainless steel alloys, their characteristics, and how this material group reacts when machined. Tool selection, cutting pass depths, mill/lathe feed and cutting speed, chip control, and high-pressure coolant are critical in controlling heat generation, which can cause part movement and tool deflection during the machining process. This skill level ensures world-class precision machining that meets or exceeds the most demanding tolerances. The innovative Trace-A-Matic team is always available to review and guide you during the design and manufacturing process. Our goal is 100% customer satisfaction, providing AS 9100/ISO 9001:2015 certified quality machining resulting in timely turnaround and on-time delivery.

Stainless Steel Machining
Stainless Steel Mechanical Properties and Characteristics:
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Excellent corrosion resistance and wear resistance - austenitic and duplex grade
  • Ferritic stainless steels contain chromium with low carbon content
  • Austenitic stainless steel adds nickel and represents 70% of production - grades 304 and 316 stainless being the most common
  • Martensitic stainless steel holds a high carbon content and is heat treatable
  • Duplex grade adds molybdenum to a combined ferritic and austenitic construction
  • Precipitation hardened stainless combines austenitic and martensitic grade qualities and is heat treatable

Stainless steel machining encompasses a broad spectrum of processes tailored to the specific properties of various stainless steel alloys. Each type of stainless steel presents unique challenges and advantages in machining from austenitic to martensitic and ferritic grades. Whether fabricating intricate parts for the automotive industry or durable components for the medical field, stainless steel's corrosion resistance and high strength make it a preferred material. Achieving the desired surface finish in stainless steel demands careful consideration of cutting parameters and tool selection, as the material's tendency for work hardening can affect surface quality. Tool wear and tool life are crucial factors in machining stainless steel, with operators constantly monitoring and adjusting cutting conditions to maximize efficiency and minimize production costs while ensuring high-quality finished stainless steel parts.

Machining Operations: Engineering, 5-Axis Machining, CNC Milling, CNC Turning, CMM Inspection, and Extensive Special Machining Processes

Other Standard and Exotic Metals: aluminum, armor plate, brass, bronze, chromium, copper, gammalloy, Hastelloy, Incoloy, Inconel, Invar, manganese, Monel, nickel, Nitralloy, powdered metals, stainless steel, steel, Stellite, titanium, Waspaloy, and many other superalloys

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