Stainless Steel 316L

Stainless Steel 316L is a fully austenitic, corrosion-resistant Chromium-Nickel-Molybdenum steel. The molybdenum gives the material a high corrosion resistance.

The low carbon content also improves resistance to inter-granular corrosion and weldability. Heat treatment after laser melting is normally not necessary. Stainless Steel 316L is not susceptible to pitting in chloride-containing solutions. Stainless Steel 316L is used for manufacturing acid and corrosion resistant prototypes, unique or series production parts in the following fields: automotive, shipbuilding, aerospace, food and beverage (i.e. corrosion-resistant pipes and containers), chemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries. Typical applications are exhaust manifolds, furnace parts, heat exchangers, jet engine parts, pharmaceutical and photographic equipment, valve and pump parts, chemical processing equipment, tanks, evaporators. It also is used in pulp, paper, and textile processing equipment and for any parts exposed to marine environments.

Parts can be machined, welded, shot-peened, polished and coated.