Round SS316 Wire
The Crazy Wire Company are long established as Europe’s preferred suppliers of top quality round SS316 wire. We have enormous stock levels at all times, as we use this wire to weave our marine grade woven mesh products.
SS316 wire, measuring 0.6mm (22 AWG), is a marine grade stainless steel product highly regarded for its strength, durability, and versatility. The material’s standout feature is its exceptional corrosion resistance, which makes it an ideal material for marine applications. Marine rigging and fishing gear use it extensively to withstand harsh saltwater environments and minimise maintenance.
The wire is a preferred choice for surgical tools and implants due to its biocompatibility and sterilisation resistance. It ensures patient safety and reliability during critical medical procedures. As an added benefit, its fine diameter and flexibility are appropriate for artistic applications, including jewelry making and intricate artistic installations, where its aesthetic appeal is also appreciated.
There are multiple industrial applications for SS316 wire, including springs, wire ropes, and mesh, which need a high tensile strength and high temperature resistance. Because of this, it can be used in environments that require materials that can withstand extreme conditions without compromising performance.
The details of this product are as follows:
- Diameter – 0.6mm (600 Micron – 22AWG)
- Ohms/ft – 2.73
- Iron (Fe): 66.5% to 74%
- Chromium (Cr): 16% to 18%
- Nickel (Ni): 10% to 14%
- Molybdenum (Mo): 2% to 3%
- Manganese (Mn): 2% max
- Silicon (Si): 1% max
- Carbon (C): 0.08% max
- Sulfur (S): 0.03% max
- Phosphorus (P): 0.045% max
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
Can 316 Stainless Steel Wire Be Soldered?
316 stainless steel wire can be soldered, but it is more challenging compared to soldering other types of wire due to its high chromium content. When stainless steel is heated, a chromium oxide layer forms on the surface. This can prevent the solder from adhering properly.
However, with proper preparation and techniques, 316 stainless steel wire can be successfully soldered. Here are the steps to follow:
Clean the wire: The wire must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any dirt, oil, or other contaminants that may prevent the solder from adhering. A common method is to use a cleaning solution of hot water, vinegar, and baking soda, or a specialised stainless steel cleaner.
Tin the wire: To tin the wire, heat it with a soldering iron until the surface is hot enough for the solder to flow and adhere to the wire.
Apply flux: Flux helps the solder to flow and adhere to the wire. Apply a small amount of flux to the wire before soldering.
Solder: Apply the soldering iron to the wire and solder. This will make sure that the solder is evenly distributed along the length of the wire.
Clean the soldered joint: After soldering, the joint should be cleaned to remove any residue from the flux and to prevent oxidation.
How To Tie 316 Stainless Steel Wire
Tying 316 stainless steel wire can be challenging due to its strength and stiffness, but it is possible with the right tools and techniques. Here are some steps to follow:
- Choose the right tools: You will need pliers or wire cutters, wire rope clamps, and a wire rope thimble.
- Cut the wire: Cut the 316 stainless steel wire to the desired length. Make sure to leave enough wire to make the required number of loops and knots.
- Form a loop: Hold one end of the wire with pliers and make a loop at the other end. The size of the loop will depend on the specific application, but it should be large enough to accommodate the wire rope clamp and thimble.
- Secure the loop: Place the wire rope clamp over the loop and tighten it with pliers. Make sure that the clamp is securely fastened to the wire to prevent it from slipping.
- Insert the thimble: Insert the wire rope thimble into the loop. This makes sure that it is centered and that the wire is not pinched.
- Make the knot: Hold the thimble with pliers and use the other hand to wrap the wire around the thimble, forming a knot. Repeat the process several times, making sure that the knot is tight and secure.
- Cut the excess wire: Cut the excess wire with wire cutters. Make sure to leave enough wire to make the required number of loops and knots.
Does Stainless Steel Wire Rust?
Stainless steel wire is less prone to rust compared to other types of steel wire because of its high chromium content. Chromium provides a passive layer of protection on the surface of the wire, which helps to prevent rust and corrosion.
However, it’s important to note that stainless steel wire can still rust under certain conditions. This is when it is exposed to high levels of moisture or corrosive substances. In these cases, the passive layer of protection can become damaged, allowing rust to form on the surface of the wire.
To prevent rust and corrosion, it’s important to properly care for and maintain stainless steel wire. This may include storing the wire in a dry, protected environment, and cleaning and treating the wire with a rust inhibitor if it becomes exposed to moisture or corrosive substances.
In general, 316 stainless steel wire is considered to be the most resistant to rust and corrosion, due to its high nickel content. However, all types of stainless steel wire will benefit from proper care and maintenance to ensure that they remain rust-free and in good condition.
How Do I Crimp Stainless Steel Wire?
Crimping stainless steel wire is a process that involves compressing the end of the wire to secure it in place. This can be done using a crimping tool, which applies pressure to the wire to create a secure, permanent connection. Here are the steps to follow:
Choose the right tool: Select a crimping tool that is designed for the size and type of wire you are using. A ratcheting crimping tool is recommended for stainless steel wire, as it provides consistent, even pressure and ensures a secure connection.
Prepare the wire: Cut the wire to the desired length and strip the insulation from the end of the wire, if necessary. Make sure that the wire is clean and free of any dirt or debris.
Insert the wire: Insert the end of the wire into the crimp terminal or connector. This makes sure that the wire is properly positioned.
Crimp the wire: Place the crimping tool over the crimp terminal or connector and apply pressure to crimp the wire. The tool will crimp the wire in two stages, first compressing the wire and then securing it in place.
Inspect the connection: After crimping, inspect the connection to make sure that the wire is securely held in place and that there are no visible signs of damage or strain.
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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