Stainless Steel Casting

Lestercast can offer a wide range of metals and alloys in which your product can be manufactured. Stainless steel is hugely popular in the production of investment casting components.

Bentley 'B' - Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is notably one of the most versatile materials used in the manufacturing industry, specifically relating to castings. Stainless steel casting is widely used across many industries such as automotive to marine. This is mainly due to it’s high strength, it’s resistance to corrosion and stainless steel being aesthetically pleasing. Stainless steel is commonly used for decorative and luxury items.

Stainless Steel and it’s properties

Stainless steel’s main component is Iron. Stainless steel also contains Chromium (minimum of 11%) and Nickel. When these alloys are partnered with iron, it increases the resistance that stainless steel will have relating to corrosion and wearing. Chromium also gives stainless steel the heat resistant properties which make it very useful for exhaust manifolds etc.

Stainless Steel Finishes

Steel castings can be finished in a variety of ways enabling you to achieve your specification. The most popular finishes we provide for stainless steel are;

  • Shot blasting
  • Painting
  • Dacromet coatingg
  • Zinc plating
  • Chrome plating
  • Mirror polishing
  • Satin polishing
  • Electro-polishing

If the finish you require is not listed above, please get in touch.

Stainless steel is available in different specifications to suit customer requirements.

Our team of highly-experienced and qualified engineers will guide you in the preliminary design stages of your product, and the selecting of the correct metal component that your product requires.

Please contact us here to discuss this alloy for your component production. Please take a look below for more information on the properties of stainless steel and its most common cross-sector uses.

Investment Casting Using Stainless Steel

A stainless steel casting benefits from the following properties:-

  • Appealing to the eye – often used for this reason, finishes well
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Highly durable over time, lifespan
  • Resistant to high temperatures
  • Endlessly recyclable so notably environmentally friendly
  • Brittle due to lower malleability compared with carbon steel
  • Fairly resistant to damage and wearing

We supply high quality stainless steel castings to many customers across several different industries, manufacturing stainless steel castings from as little as 6mm to 400mm.

Types of Stainless Steel Alloys

With the various types of stainless steel, to include:

  1. Martensitic
  2. Ferritic
  3. Austenitic
  4. Duplex
  5. Precipitating-hardening

It is important to consider the use for the final end product when selecting the correct type and it’s forward usage.

Industrial use of Stainless Steel Castings

Stainless steel castings are very versatile. In other words, they can be used in many sectors in a multitude of applications. We have manufactured stainless steel castings in our UK and partner foundry for companies across the following industries:

  • Aerospace
  • Architecture
  • Automotive – Exhaust Manifolds, transmission components, engine parts, bonnet emblems, decorative wing vents.
  • Chemical
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Food machinery (316 s/s)
  • General engineering
  • Home applications and appliances
  • Marine (Marine Grade) – Anchors, Hatches, Bow chocks and other boat hardware.
  • Medical Equipment
  • Nuclear
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Railway
  • Safety – Harnesses etc
  • Sub-sea (Marine Grade)

Experts to assist your product into fruition

If you would like to chat to us about our stainless steel casting foundry please send us an enquiry through our Contact Form or give us a call on 0116 276 7284 and we would be happy to help.

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