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Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

   I have some drawings out for fabrication, with the material specified as stainless steel 416MX.  The fabricator came back to me and asked me if I wanted magnetic or non-magnetic.  I told him that as far as I know, all 400 series stainles steels are magnetic, and that if I suspect he used 300 series, I would take a magnet to it.

   Does this sound like an intelligent conversation?  I have been searching Google on magnetic stainless steels, and it seems to be confirming my opinion.  The guy I am talking to is a machinist, not an engineer.  

   Have I sent the job to the wrong place?


RE: Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

This material will always be magnetic (at room temp.)

I hope that this is a machined part with no brazing, welding or particular surface finish requirements.  416 is a free machining grade and the high S levels raise hell.  But it does cut nice.

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RE: Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

I have dealt with several small shops that did not have personnel with the background to completely handle ordering materials so I had to take it upon myself to spell out exactly what I needed for a particular job. If they are performing machining only, you might be ok. I noticed the designation MX. What is the condition of the AISI Type 416 SS? Is it required to be heat treated to a specific hardness/strength or annealed for your application?

Kindly inform the machinist that this material is similar to working with AISI Type 410 SS, and see what his response is regarding machining/handling.  If you feel comfortable with their response, ask for paperwork to assure that the shop has ordered the correct grade of AISI 416 SS.

RE: Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

EdStainless and metengr,

   Thank you.

   The part is to be machined and passivated.  I was not planning on heat treat.  My Atlas Alloys catalogue lists a yield strength of 110ksi, without specifying the heat treat.  It sounds like I need to check up on MATWEB.

   I tend just to write STAINLESS STEEEL on drawings, but this time I wanted the strength and I did not absolutely care about corrosion resistance.


RE: Magnetic Stainless Steel 416MX

You are going to have write a better spec.
Just asking for 416 will prob. get you normalized or annealed bar at about 40ksi yield and 75ksi tensile.  But watch out the minimums are 30/60.

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