However, one of the problems with the austenitic steel is that it is not suitable for machines. Well, there are free machine versions of this alloy available in the market. But, there are some problems with these versions. First of all, these versions have higher amount of sulphur in them. Therefore, they just become more corrosive. Also, the high amount of sulphur makes these versions difficult to be used in tight radius situations.
Anyways, a welcome alternative has come out of late. This is called the improved machinability. The version includes the 304 and 316 Grades. The good thing with this version is that it is manufactured by proprietary steel melting technologies. As a result, there is enough chip breaking features that improve the machinability of the steel considerably. At the same time, they retain the good qualities of the austenitic steel. Therefore, you can still weld these alloys, and they are considerably corrosion resistant. This version is launched in the market with different names. However, they have 20% better machine speed which is always a considerable improvement.
Anyways, machining the stainless steel is very important in terms of achieving the kind of effect that you want in your fabrication. So, there are several techniques that the professionals must follow to make sure that the machining produces something strong, useful and aesthetically pleasing. For that, they generally follow some of the rules.
The most important factor that they must check out is that the tools that they are using is strong and in working condition. They should not create vibration and the cutting edge of the machine should be sharp. The operators must ensure that the blades are sharpened as soon as the sign of blunt edges are identified. Grinded wheels too, should be carefully maintained. Ideally, the professionals should use large tools as that will dissipate the heat. The tool should not keep on rubbing the work and constant feeds must be provided.