One of the key advantages of stainless steel as a manufacturing material lies in its’ sheer versatility. The fact that the makeup of the steel can be altered in a way which makes it more or less strong, immune to corrosion, easy to weld and/or draw out into different shapes and thicknesses means that it can be applied across the whole spectrum of uses, from small scale domestic goods to buildings and huge machinery. The provision of stainless steel in different forms is integral to this flexibility, and the main states in which they come are as follows:
Differences of Metal Alloys and Different Forms Such As Sheet and Plate
A Sheet of Metal
If a piece of metal has been rolled out to a thickness greater than that of a foil, but is still less than 6mm it is called sheet metal. Metal such as this is often used for architectural purposes when long term durability is not a requirement. Should more strength be required, without any corresponding increase in weight, then the sheet in question can be corrugated.
Rolled Metal Foil
If a sheet of steel has been rolled out or hammered until it is extremely thin, then it can be described as metal foil. The most common types of foil are generally aluminium or occasionally gold. The typical thickness of a piece of aluminium foil is .03 mm, although, in technical terms, any sheet which is less than 0.2mm thick is referred to as a foil.
Metal in Plate Form
Once the metal is more than 6mm thick it is known as plate metal. This type of material is used in circumstances whereby strength and durability are of the utmost importance.
Often, metal is required to play the role of supporting a lot of the weight in a building, and metal such as this will be provided in the form of a thick, heavy metal bar, moulded and cut to a specified length and thickness.