In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the common materials used to create wire forming projects. From various stainless steel grades to several other coating materials often used for wire protection, there are a variety of options out there depending on the specific wire forming project and your needs.
At J and J Spring Enterprises, we offer precision wire forming components for all your potential project needs, utilizing a variety of materials depending on the specifics involved. In today’s part two, we’ll go over several other materials you’ll often find used in wire forming applications, including one stainless steel type we didn’t mention in part one due to how unique it is.
Short for plastisol, PVC is a highly common and flexible coating material that’s often used for areas where fluid is involved. It can be used for a wide variety of needs within the wire forming world, whether it’s for a fine wire mesh form that needs chemical exposure protection or a coating that allows for great cushioning from impacts and scratch resistance. Plastisol coatings can be applied in a few different ways, including some on a fluidized bed and others utilized in a dipped format.
Epoxy High Solid Coat
For those who require extreme hardness in their materials being used in the wire forming world, one great option here is epoxy solid coatings. These coatings are known for their resistance to a variety of damage formats, including staining, chipping, marring, humidity and a variety of potential solvents, protecting metal wire forms from corrosion and other risks.
One note here: If your application requires UV light resistance, look elsewhere for your material choice. This is because epoxy high solid coat does not resist UV light, and it’s generally not used in outdoor applications for this reason.
Inconel is a brand name, one given to a specific set of alloys that were created with the direct goal of holding up to extremely high temperatures. Inconel can be used in temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and while tensile strength does drop at the highest temperatures, it’s still high enough to hold the metal shape and carry lightweight parts. This is the material of choice when high-temperature applications are involved.
Stainless Steel Grade 330
Finally, another high-temperature material that may be used is stainless steel grade 330, which can withstand high temperatures for extremely long periods at a time. It’s less expensive than Inconel, though it does have a slightly lower maximum temperature range (usually about 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit).
For more on the various metals often used to make or coat a wire form, or to learn about any of our wire forming, spring manufacturing or other services, speak to the staff at J and J Spring Enterprises today.