The Impact of Grain Size and Structure on Metal Manufacturing

Metal manufacturing revolves so heavily around grains, grain size and grain structure manipulation, this is because this process is fundamental to achieving good product.

By precisely engineering the stainless steel grain size with scientific methods, a manufacturer can produce a finished product within specification. Furthermore, the process itself is also improved and leading to an end-product created with ease and accuracy.

While predetermining mechanical properties supports this process, specifying grain size means that post-processing steps including drawing, coining, stamping, and machining turn-over lower scrap rates. Grains significantly impact every post-processing application directly.

Difficulties in drawing can be caused by a grain structure with too much preferential direction. However, an under-annealed grain structure can lead to complications in forming. Therefore, a client working with precision grain structures constently means reduced tooling time for each material shipment and additional time for running.

For more information, read our full guide on how metal grain size impacts stamping and deep draw in our blog, Metal Grains: The Hidden King of Metal Manufacturing Operations!

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