Many stainless steel grades have uses in multiple industries. One of these versatile metals is 410 stainless steel. You’ll find this metal in a wide range of industries, spanning from mining to surgery. At Alliant Metals, we supply stainless steel to multiple industries, so grades that work well in many conditions are important to our business. 410 is a general-purpose steel that is good for parts that undergo regular stress. It is also ductile but can be treated for hardness after it is shaped.
As we just mentioned, 410 is a ductile steel grade, which means that it can easily be drawn into a wire. This makes it particularly suitable for dental and surgical tools. What makes 410 especially useful for these tools is that it is still ductile in its annealed state. When a metal is annealed, that means that it has been heated and then allowed to cool slowly. This process toughens the metal and removes internal stresses.
In any industry or application, corrosion resistance is an important characteristic of stainless steel. The chemical composition of 410 steel contains chromium at a level of 11.5-13.5%. That is just enough to make the metal corrosion resistant in steam, mild atmospheres, and several chemical environments. 410 stainless steel achieves its maximum corrosion resistance after being hardened, tempered, and polished.
We mentioned earlier that 410 steel has applications across many industries, but you may be surprised to learn just how many different uses 410 has. Here are just some of the applications that often use 410 steel:
And that isn’t even a complete list. Its resistance to chemical environments and atmospheres makes 410 useful across all the industries listed above and more. It is also easy to clean, which is why you often find it in surgical tools and cutlery.
At Alliant Metals, we stock many grades of stainless steel and several stainless steel products for use across several industries. 410 stainless steel is a versatile grade with multiple and varied applications.