Stainless Steel - 100 Not Out!100 years of Stainless Steel

2013 marks 100 years since stainless steel was discovered in Sheffield. The BSSA have selected 50 applications and features that demonstrate how stainless steel has influenced our lives so far.



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Stainless steel sinks are ideal for a number of purposes and can be formed into many different shapes for many different applications.

The process of creating a utility sink such as the one shown above left, would be to first dip in soap to lubricate in preparation for 1200 tonnes of pressure which forms the bowl shape. This doesn’t create the perfect shape in one go however and has to be pressed again, held even tighter and pressed a little deeper to become wrinkle free.

Following the pressing process, the sink has to be laser cut then folded and welded, closely followed by cleaning and polishing. The inspection and testing process involves being fitted to a wall and load tested to over 200kgs!

1.2mm Grade 304 (1.4301) stainless steel with a satin finish is the ideal material for a product like this as it is stretch formable, highly durable, strong and fit for purpose for years to come.

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