Stainless Steel Wire
The Crazy Wire Company are long established as Europe’s preferred suppliers of top quality stainless steel 304 grade metal wire. We have enormous stock levels at all times, as we use this wire to weave our marine grade woven mesh products.
The 0.5mm (24AWG) stainless steel 304 grade metal wire is widely recognised for its commendable durability and corrosion resistance. This makes it valuable across a wide range of industries. Inherently robust, stainless steel 304 grade metal demonstrates a formidable resistance to rust, oxidation, and corrosion, even in environments characterised by high humidity and challenging weather conditions. The versatility of this wire allows it to be used not only for general-purpose wiring but also for more niche and specialised projects.
Construction uses it for its tensile strength in supporting structures and securing components. Manufacturing uses it to manufacture parts and assemblies that need high precision and durability. Because of its noteworthy electrical conductivity, it makes for extremely durable and reliable connections and circuits, particularly in applications requiring increased resistance to environmental factors. As the result of its malleability and aesthetic appeal, stainless steel 304 wire is widely used within the artistic community to create jewelry, sculptures, and intricate wire mesh designs. Furthermore, it is a viable solution for fencing, supporting climbing plants, and constructing enclosures in agriculture and gardening. This combination of strength, resilience, and versatility makes stainless steel 304 grade metal wire an indispensable asset in a wide range of applications. It’s also substantiating its preference for use in situations requiring mechanical robustness and elemental resistance.
We provide a comprehensive range of sizes tailored to meet diverse needs. The wire diameters range from a delicate 0.08mm up to a more robust 0.87mm. These sizes correspond to American Wire Gauge (AWG) standards from 40AWG down to 20AWG. To assist with electrical applications, it’s noteworthy that our wire resistances vary from 252.17 Ωm at the finest size, decreasing to 1.2 Ωm as the wire diameter increases.
Specification of this product:
- Diameter -0.5mm (500 Micron – 24 AWG)
- Ohms/ft – 3.63
These specifications not only testify to the wire’s adaptability but also its capacity to fulfill specific requirements in both craftsmanship and technology. When you choose our stainless steel wire, you’re investing in reliability, precision, and quality. Whether you’re working on intricate designs or establishing firm connections, this product ensures you have the best material at your fingertips.
Why Use The Crazy Wire Company
- Quality of products: The Crazy Wire Company always offer high-quality products that meet industry standards and customer expectations.
- 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.
- 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.
- Availability: Our products are kept in house and are ready to ship immediately.
- Customer service: Our experienced staff help our customers feel confident in their purchases and provide assistance when required.
What Else Is Available?
We also offer stainless steel in ribbon and flat wire options.
The choice is virtually endless!
FAQs About This Wire
What Is The Difference Between Stainless Steel 304 And 316 Grades?
Stainless steel 304 and 316 grades are both widely utilized. However they possess distinct differences in terms of composition and application. This is largely due to their component elements which affect their corrosion resistance and mechanical properties.
- Stainless Steel 304: It typically contains 18% chromium and 8% nickel. It’s often used in kitchen equipment, storage tanks, and various tools due to its excellent corrosion resistance in general-use conditions.
- Stainless Steel 316: It contains an additional element, molybdenum (about 2% to 3%), which provides greater resistance to corrosion caused by chloride ions. The rest of its alloy composition is quite similar to 304, with 16% to 18% chromium and 10% to 14% nickel.
- Corrosion Resistance:
- 304: While it does offer good corrosion resistance, it can struggle with corrosive environments, especially those with a higher chloride concentration.
- 316: The addition of molybdenum improves its resistance to pitting and crevice corrosion, especially in saline or chloride-rich environments.
- 304: It is widely used in various industries, such as in the manufacture of kitchen appliances, architectural paneling, and plumbing.
- 316: Given its enhanced corrosion resistance, it is often used in marine applications, chemical processing, and high-saline environments, like coastal regions.
- 304: Generally, 304 stainless steel tends to be less expensive due to its composition.
- 316: The inclusion of molybdenum tends to make 316 more costly than 304.
What Is The Maximum Strength Stainless Steel 304 Grade Metal Wire Can Hold?
A stainless steel 304 grade metal wire’s maximum strength or tensile strength determines its suitability for various applications. A material’s tensile strength is its ability to withstand a maximum amount of tensile (pulling) stress without breaking. Stainless steel 304, widely appreciated for its mechanical robustness, generally exhibits a tensile strength between 515 and 620 megapascals (MPa), although this can vary slightly depending on the manufacturing process and minor differences in alloy composition. With this high tensile strength, the wire can withstand substantial loads and resist breakage when subjected to pulling forces. The diameter, length, and installation method of a stainless steel 304 wire will all affect how much weight it can support. Data sheets or experts can therefore determine the exact tensile strength and load-bearing capacity of materials for specific applications. This is to ensure safety and durability. The versatility and reliability of stainless steel 304 makes it an ideal material for use in a wide variety of industries, providing a balance of strength, corrosion resistance, and workability.
Can Stainless Steel 304 Grade Metal Wire Be Used In Freezing Conditions?
Yes, stainless steel 304 grade metal wire can indeed be utilized in freezing conditions and is often chosen for applications that require robust performance in low temperatures. This grade of stainless steel maintains a remarkable degree of toughness and ductility even at sub-zero temperatures. In freezing environments, some materials might become brittle and are more prone to cracking and breaking. However, stainless steel 304 remains pliable and retains a significant portion of its tensile strength. It’s worth noting that as temperatures decline, the tensile strength of stainless steel 304 slightly increases while its impact resistance decreases. Therefore, while it performs well and can certainly be employed in chilly conditions, considerations regarding its modified mechanical properties in such contexts are crucial for certain applications, especially those that may involve impact or dynamic loads. This makes stainless steel 304 a prevalent choice in various industries for applications within cold environments. It can be used in applications such as in refrigeration units, cryogenic storage, and certain outdoor installations in colder climates, thanks to its resilience and reliability under such conditions. Always ensure to consult relevant guidelines and standards when utilizing materials in extreme temperatures to guarantee safety and efficacy.
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.
We also offer similar products through our highly popular eBay store, check us out there too.
Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can.