As steel is such a versatile material, there are a wide range of stainless steel fabricating techniques.
In order to understand the benefits of the different types of stainless steel fabrication, we should take a look at the processes behind steel fabrication.
Stainless steel, although having a relatively high strength and work hardening rate, is malleable enough to be manipulated; bent, deep drawn, folded, machined, spun or welded.
The process of work hardening is strengthening the material through deformation. Relative to other varieties of steel, any stainless steel work will harden quickly, however, the rate will depend on the specific grade of the alloy.
It will be useful to match the steel grade with a work hardening treatment that is suitable. As austenitic stainless steel is often only hardened only through cold working a treatment process with thermal properties would best be applied to other grades such as those in the martensitic family.
The magnetism of stainless steel can be increased through work hardening. Steel’s magnetism does tend to be relatively slight, however, the higher work hardening rates exhibit higher levels of magnetic capacity following the treatment.