Stainless Steel Grades
Stainless steel offers numerous benefits over other alloys, including longer service life and lower maintenance costs. While this material can be a little more expensive to produce initially compared to other alloys, it can be very economical over time. Stainless steel is available in multiple types and grades to meet requirements for use in automotive, machinery, plumbing, mining, petrochemical, electrical industry, aerospace, submarine, railway, and others.
- Austenitic Stainless Steel This type of casting is the most commonly used material, accounting for more than 70% of production. Grade 304 is the most commonly specified casting grade, with other popular austenitic grades including 316 and 317.
- Ferritic Stainless Steel This type of casting involves a chromium stainless steel process, with the chromium content varying between 10.5 and 18% along with low carbon content.
- Martensitic Stainless Steel This casting has a relatively high carbon content (0.1 – 1.2%) compared to other stainless steel casting types. Popular grades of this type include 410, 416, and 17-4.
- Duplex Stainless Steel These stainless steels contain relatively high chromium levels (between 18 and 28%) and moderate amounts of nickel (between 4.5 and 8%).
Advantages of Stainless Steel Casting with KICastings
At KICastings, our approach to custom stainless steel casting ensures reliable process controls and repeatability. Along with investing in advanced machinery and infrastructure, we have our own foundry with a solid team of professionals with the skills and experience to do the job properly. From design and prototyping through to production, we create precision parts and deliver consistent production schedules.
KICastings provides a comprehensive consultation service to discuss project budgets and timelines. Everything is done in-house, which gives us the ability to set accurate goals and minimize production times. We don’t use unreliable third-party contractors and never outsource, with our own equipment used at all times.
We have experience across numerous industrial and transportation sectors with a long list of satisfied clients. If you’re looking for a comprehensive, one-stop investment casting service, KICastings is ready to be your partner.