Working with sheet metal requires an understanding of the materials being used and their properties. One such characteristic is whether the metals are ferrous or non-ferrous.

Ferrous Metals:

When a metal is described as “ferrous” it means that it contains iron. They are often found in alloy form which means that they are usually a combination of iron and some other element. Mild Steel for example is a blend of iron and carbon.  Ferrous metals include mild steel, stainless steel, pig iron, wrought iron.

Properties of Ferrous metals include:

  • Strong and heavy
  • Magnetic
  • In general they have little resistance to corrosion. However, ferrous metal alloys that include chromium have increased resistance to corrosion.

Applications: Ferrous metals are often used for structural applications that require strength, such as for construction, hardware, as well as being used in the automotive and aerospace industries.

Machining: For machining ferrous materials the MultiCam Plasma is the ideal choice.

WaterJet technology can provide a great cutting solution for these types of materials as well.

Non-Ferrous Metals:

Non-ferrous is used to describe metals that do not contain iron. They can be found in alloy form as well. Examples of non-ferrous metals include aluminum, brass, copper, nickel, and titanium.

Properties of Non-ferrous metals include:

  • light weight
  • strong
  • ductile
  • not magnetic
  • higher resistance to corrosion

Applications: Non-ferrous materials are often used for structural applications that require strength, lighter weight, and higher resistance to corrosion. They are also often found in many electrical applications.

Machining: The MultiCam Router is the ideal choice for machining Non-Ferrous materials. WaterJet technology can provide a great cutting solution for these types of materials as well.

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