We have prepared a list of all of the materials that are available for your manufacturing needs. From Aluminum to Zinc Plated Steel. We carry a large selection of manufacturing materials with complete lot trace ability. We can manufacture your standard or custom fastener made to print and provide wire certification.
Alloy steel bolts are made from a high strength steel alloy and are further heat treated. Alloy steel bolts are typically not plated resulting in a dull black finish. Alloy steel bolts are extremely strong but very brittle.
Aluminum alloys are the least costly, by volume, of all fastener metals. Aluminum fasteners are classified as harden able and non harden able and weigh about one-third as much as steel. Some grades equal or even exceed the tensile strength of mild steel. The metal polishes to a high luster, has high thermal and electrical conductivity, is nonmagnetic, can be hardened by alloying, and has high corrosion resistance. Typical fastener alloys are 2024-T4 (cold-formed bolts, screws, rivets, machine-screw nuts), 2011-T3 (milled-from-bar nuts, screws, bolts), 1100 (cold-formed rivets), and 6061-T6 (nuts).
Stainless steel is an alloy of low carbon steel and chromium for enhanced corrosion characteristics. Stainless steel is highly corrosion resistant for the price and because the anti-corrosive properties are inherent to the metal, it will not loose this resistance if scratched during installation or use.
It is a common misconception that stainless steel is stronger than regular steel. In fact, due to the low carbon content, stainless steel can not be hardened. Therefore when compared with regular steel it is slightly stronger than an un-hardened (grade 2) steel fastener but significantly weaker than hardened steel fasteners.
Stainless steel is also much less magnetic than regular steel fasteners though some grades will be slightly magnetic.