Mild steel can be loosely defined as any type of iron with a carbon content ranging from 0.02-1.7%. While mild steel is not resistant to corrosion (unless painted or sealed), it is a highly workable metal that is also economical to use.
Stainless steel is resistant to corrosion due to the alloys it contains, namely chromium, silicon, carbon, and manganese, but it can also include molybdenum and nickel. When exposed to air, these elements quickly form a thin protective film, making it perfect for a number of environments and applications.
Aluminum is one of the most corrosion-resistant and lightest metals available on the market. While generally considered to be a weak metal when used alone, its strength can be increased with the introduction of alloying elements such as copper, silicon, manganese, or magnesium (just to name a few). The corrosion resistance of aluminum makes it well-suited to automotive and food service applications.
Angle forms are often used as weight-bearing, structural elements, but can also be used to complete certain types of fabrication projects and repairs. MCW offers angles in your choice of mild steel, stainless steel, or aluminum. These can be cut to your exact requirements.
Round bar is a cylinder-style of stock metal bar that is both commercially and industrially useful, especially when used as a shaft. Round bars from MCW are cut-to-size and available in stainless steel, mild steel, and aluminum.
Sometimes referred to as “rectangular bars,” flat bars are often useful in applications that do not require the utmost precision in terms of shape and tolerance considerations. Our flat bars are available in aluminum, stainless steel, and mild steel.
The primary difference between pipes and tubing is that round tubes are measured by their outside diameter (OD) and thickness of the formed metal. Tubing is often used in the automotive and architectural sectors. Tubing can be cut to your desired length, outside diameter, and in your choice of metal.
Square tubing is often used in structural and maintenance applications, such as railings, traffic and street sign posts, and in the construction of buildings. Square tubing can be formed to your exact specifications in either stainless steel and aluminum.
Hollow bars are shaped into a cylinder and are often formed into parts for hydraulic valves, slides, pump rods, and similar applications.
Pipes are round and can be formed to your exact inside diameter and wall thickness requirements. Pipes from MCW are available in mild steel, stainless steel, and aluminum.
There are a number of structural and construction uses for sheet metal, especially in the fabrication of HVAC, appliance, and automotive enclosures. Sheet metal is designed to be thin, which allows it to be easily formed into nearly any type of shape and size.
Metal plates are thicker than sheet metals and are often used in structural applications, such as building and bridge construction, as well as in the manufacturing of heavy equipment. MCW has metal plates available in aluminum, mild steel, and stainless steel, all of which can be cut and sized to your exact requirements.