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Metals

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Aluminium 6061

Aluminium 6061 (3.3211) is nearly identical to 6082 and one of the most commonly used aluminium alloy in the United States. It has excellent machinability and good weldability. Like most aluminium alloys it is non magnetic and has good mechanical properties. For delivery in Europe, choose aluminium 6082 to shorten lead times. Applications: engineering, construction, structural, general fabrication.

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Aluminium 6082

Aluminium 6082 (3.2315) is nearly identical to 6061 and one of the most commonly used aluminium alloy in Europe. It has excellent machinability and good weldability. Like most aluminium alloys it is non magnetic and has good mechanical properties

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Aluminium 7075

Aluminium 7075 (3.4365) is an aluminium alloy with zinc as the primary alloying element that has average machinability and poor weldability. It has high strength and good fatigue resistance, but less corrosion resistance than alloy 7050. This alloy is used in applications requiring high strength and low weight, such as machinery and equipment.

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Stainless Steel 303

Stainless steel 303 (1.4305) is known for its good machinability compared to other stainless steels. It has similar mechanical properties as stainless steel 304 and 316. Corrosion resistance is the same as 304, but not as good as 316. The added sulfur and phosphorus give it better machinability, but poor formability and fair weldability.

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Stainless Steel 304

Stainless steel 304 (1.4301) is one of the most commonly used stainless steel that has fair machinability, but good weldability and good corrosion resistance. Like most stainless steels it is not heat treatable, but 304 can also become magnetic when cold worked. For better machinability stainless steel 303 is preferred.

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Stainless Steel 316L

The ‘L’ in stainless steel 316L (1.4404) stands for low carbon, giving it excellent weldability. Like 304 it has fair machinability. The added molybdenum increases strength at higher temperatures and resistance to chloride and industrial solvent. Like most stainless steels it is non magnetic and not heat treatable. For better machinability stainless steel 303 is preferred.

Plastics

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Nylon (PA)

Nylon is a commonly used polymer that has excellent machinability and good chemical resistance. Because of its excellent wear (low friction), and thermal resistance, Nylon is used in applications requiring precision and high performance. In some cases it can replace metal parts. In a humid location Nylon absorbs moisture, which can alter part dimensions.

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Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic that has excellent machinability, impact resistance and dimension stability. Its constraints are stress cracking, poor chemical, fatigue and wear resistance. Though stock material can be crystal clear, Polycarbonate needs to be polished after machining to retain its transparent properties.

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POM (Polyacetal)

POM, also known as Acetal, is a very strong thermoplastic that has good machinability, and chemical resistance. It has similar properties as Nylon, but POM is more rigid, durable and has low water absorption. It is used in applications requiring precision and high performance, such as machine parts. For outdoor purposes black is preferred, as POM is sensitive to UV light.

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PEEK (Polyetheretherketone)

PEEK is a very strong thermoplastic that has average machinability and is available in two grades. Industrial Grade PEEK can resist stress cracking, has low water absorption and excellent chemical, fatigue and friction resistance. It is used in applications requiring high performance in conditions where other thermoplastics are insufficient. In addition to these properties Medical Grade PEEK has biocompatibility and compatibility with sterilization methods.

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