Metal is one of the most important materials utilized in the world today. Throughout history, and certainly in the near future, metal is an essential part of construction and other commercial and residential sectors across the globe.

Though billions of consumers depend on metal and all different types of alloys every day for various purposes, not everyone fully understands how critical metal is to our modern world. Here are some frequently asked questions pertaining to the use of metals and various grades of steel:

  • What are the most common metals used in construction? — The four most common metals currently utilized throughout the construction industry are copper, carbon, aluminum, and stainless steel. Similarly, when it comes to stainless steel grades, stainless steel 304 is one of the most popular grades in use today.
  • What is stainless steel? — Stainless steel is a form of metal continuing chromium. It is resistant to tarnishing and rust. This type of metal is known for its corrosion resistance and use for large industrial and construction proposes.
  • What are the most effective techniques for cutting metal? — There are plenty of ways to transform and cut metal materials, but the most effective way to do so is to use precision laser cutting technology. Lasers can provide a very flexible method for both engraving and cutting strong metal parts. The machines that perform these cuts can produce high-quality cuts and metal products that vary in design from job to job. Additionally, laser solutions can engrave and cut both metal and organic substances, which allows the manufacturer the ability to save time, money, and resources.
  • What are the most common methods of constructing metal prototypes? — When it comes to making metal prototypes, the most common methods are direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), computer numerical control machining (CNC), and magnesium metal injection molding (MIM). DMLS is an additive manufacturing process that uses laser systems for welding and cutting. There are plenty of industries that specifically use DMLS for metal prototyping, including manufacturing engineers, aerospace engineers, and biomedical engineers.

If you want to learn more about various types of metal alloys or grades of steel, give Wieland Diversified a call today.