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Sheet Metal Selection Guide

Check our guide to choose the required properties for your sheet metal fabrication project.

The ultimate selection guide for all materials available for sheet metal fabrication at Xometry Europe. This guide contains all the sheet metal fabrication materials on our instant quoting platform.


Material Type
Material
AluminiumEN AW-5083 / 3.3547 / Al-Mg4,5MnEN AW-6082 / 3.2315 / Al-Si1Mg
Steel1.0038 / St37-K / S235JR
Stainless Steel1.4301 / X5CrNi18.10 (V2A)1.4404 / X2CrNiMo17-12-2 (V4A

Aluminum

EN AW-5083 / 3.3547 / Al-Mg4,5Mn

This is a rolled plate with moderate strength. However, at temperatures above 70°C, there is a risk of stress corrosion cracking. It has good resistance to corrosion with good machinability. It is widely used in the capital goods industry.

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EN AW-6082 / 3.2315 / Al-Si1Mg

This alloy is lightweight, typically formed by rolling and extrusion. It has medium strength with very good weldability and thermal conductivity. It is easy to cut. It has high stress corrosion cracking resistance. It has a tensile strength that ranges from 140 – 330MPa. It is heavily employed in offshore construction and containers.

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Steel

1.0038 / St37-k / S235JR

This is a hot rolled pure structural steel. With good plasticity, toughness and weldability, it has a lower yield strength of 235MPa and ease of sheet processing.  This material can be formed into many products such as I beams, channels, plates, angle bars etc. its excellent weldability makes it to be widely used in bridges, transmission towers etc. It is equivalent to Fe360B.

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Stainless Steel

1.4301/ X5CrNi18.10 (V2A)

This is chromium –  nickel austenitic stainless steel. The chromium element gives it excellent corrosion resistance. It has a tensile strength of 590MPa. It has good machinability but low thermal conductivity. It is used in kitchen equipment such as pans, tubes, sinks and many more. It is easily formable and requires special tooling for fabrication to prevent contamination with corrosion prone materials.

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1.4404 / X2CrNiMo17-12-2 (V4A)

The addition of molybdenum results in improved corrosion resistance with good stability against chloric and non oxidizing acid. It has good heat resistance which reduces in continuous use at 425 – 861°C in water. It can be readily formed into different products. It has easy fabrication and is used in food processing equipment, boat fittings, bolts, nuts and springs.

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