0.1mm (38 AWG) SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire


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38 AWG Stainless Steel Wire

The Crazy Wire Company are long established as Europe’s preferred suppliers of top quality stainless steel 38 AWG SS316L wire. We have enormous stock levels at all times, as we use this wire to weave our marine grade woven mesh products.

The 38 awg round resistance wire is a high-quality product made from 316L marine grade stainless steel, known for its corrosion-resistant properties. With a diameter of 0.1mm (100 Micron), this wire offers a balance of strength and flexibility. It has a specific resistance, measured at 95.49 Ohms/ft, making it ideal for various applications where both conductivity and durability are essential. Whether you’re using it in marine environments or for specialized projects, this 316L stainless steel wire stands out due to its resilience and performance.

Specification of Wire:

  • Diameter – 0.1mm (100 Micron – 38 AWG) – SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire
  • Ohms/ft – 95.49

We also offer this grade as ribbon wire and flat wire too if required.

Why Use The Crazy Wire Company

  1. Quality of products: The Crazy Wire Company always  offer high-quality products that meet industry standards and customer expectations.
  2. Selection: We offer a wide variety of wire products and sizes to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We have more than 600 products available through our site and counting. 
  3. Price: We always offer the best value possible. Our wires are available as part of our major weaving processes, so it is bought at the best possible rate. 
  4. Availability: Our products are kept in house and are ready to ship immediately. 
  5. Customer service: Our experienced staff help our customers feel confident in their purchases and provide assistance when required. 

What Else Is Available?

Not only do we offer 304 grade stainless steel wire, but we also stock huge levels of SS316, SS430 (magnetic) and SS317L.

We also offer stainless steel in ribbon and flat wire options.

The choice is virtually endless!


FAQs About This Wire

What Are The Primary Applications For Stainless 316L Wire?

The primary applications for stainless 316L wire are diverse, given its excellent corrosion resistance, especially against chlorides, and its superior mechanical properties. Here are some of the main applications:

  1. Marine Environments: Due to its increased resistance to chloride corrosion compared to type 304, 316L is commonly used in marine applications, including shipbuilding and for marine fittings.
  2. Medical Implants: Its biocompatibility makes 316L suitable for surgical instruments, surgical implants, and dental implants.
  3. Food and Beverage Processing: The corrosion resistance of 316L is essential for processes that involve acidic foods and environments where the material will be in contact with salts or fast-moving liquids.
  4. Pharmaceutical Equipment: Due to its resistance to corrosion and ease of sterilization, it’s used in pharmaceutical manufacturing and storage.
  5. Petroleum and Petrochemical Equipment: Used in environments where the material will be exposed to corrosive liquids, high temperatures, and pressures.
  6. Chemical Processing: Equipment used for the synthesis and handling of corrosive chemicals often uses 316L due to its corrosion resistance.
  7. Textile Industry: Parts of dyeing equipment, given the corrosive nature of the dyes.
  8. Architectural Facades: 316L is often chosen for external cladding of buildings and for decorative indoor features, thanks to its aesthetic appeal and resistance to environmental factors.
  9. Jewelry: It’s used in jewelry making because of its durability, shine, and lack of tarnish.
  10. Water Filtration: Wires for supporting and reinforcing water filtration mesh.
  11. Wire Ropes: Used in heavy-duty applications where both flexibility and strength are essential.
  12. Heat Exchangers: For its ability to withstand high temperatures.

Can Marine Grade Wire Be Soldered Or Welded?

Yes, the 38 AWG wire made from 316L stainless steel can be both soldered and welded. To ensure optimal adhesion, it’s essential to use a flux designed for stainless steel and lead-free solders, preferably with silver content. In welding, argon and carbon dioxide are often used as shielding gases, and 316L-compatible fillers are recommended. In both processes, heat management is crucial to prevent overheating or burn-through due to the thinness of 38 AWG wire. Clean the wire to remove oils and oxides before either procedure to ensure a strong, clean joint.

How Does 316L Stainless Compare To Other Marine Grade Wires?

316L stainless steel is one of the prominent marine-grade materials, but when comparing it to other marine-grade wires, several distinctions arise:

  1. Corrosion Resistance: 316L stainless steel has superior corrosion resistance, especially against chlorides. This makes it more suitable for marine applications than other stainless steels, like 304, which is more vulnerable to pitting in salty environments.
  2. Molybdenum Content: The key difference between 316L and other stainless steels is the addition of molybdenum, around 2-3%, which enhances its resistance to corrosion, especially in chloride-rich environments.
  3. Strength and Ductility: While 316L offers a balanced combination of strength and ductility, some marine-grade alloys like 2205 duplex stainless steel can provide higher strength. However, 2205 may not offer the same formability as 316L.
  4. Cost: 316L is generally more expensive than common grades like 304 due to its enhanced properties but might be less costly than superalloys or specialised marine metals.
  5. Weldability: 316L has excellent weldability compared to many other marine-grade materials, making it a preferred choice for projects where welding is a primary form of connection.
  6. Temperature Resistance: While 316L can withstand high temperatures, there are other marine-grade alloys designed specifically for extreme temperatures, either high or low.
  7. Availability: Given its popularity and widespread use, 316L stainless steel is readily available in various forms, including wire, which might not be the case for more specialised marine-grade alloys.



The Crazy Wire Company is a leading UK based supplier of nichrome, FeCrAl, and stainless steel wires. We specialise in rapid delivery to any location around the country. Our factory is located in Warrington, which is the historic home of the UK’s wire industry.

Check out our blog ‘What You Need To Know About: Stainless Steel Wires’   for more information on resistance wire in general. Our goal for our blogs and help guides is to answer as many questions as possible to help to explain the possibilities of mesh to our customers. 

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Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can. 

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50 Metres (166.66 Feet), 100 Metres (330 Feet), 200 Metres (660 Feet)


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