Is the stainless steel material magnetic?

Discussion in 'Technologies and Hardware' started by yorickt, Feb 15, 2013.

  1. yorickt
    yorickt New Member
    Hi all,

    short question: Is the stainless steel material magnetic? I read that steel is magnetic generally but in stainless steel there are other chemicals to stop corrosion which may make it non-magnetic. Anyone knows or already has a model to try?


  2. Youknowwho4eva
    Youknowwho4eva Shapeways Employee Community Team
    Our Stainless is infused with bronze, and is able to be magnetized. I've even seen reports of pieces being shipped pre-magnetized as a byproduct of one of the processes.
  3. yorickt
    yorickt New Member
    So if I make a piece out of the stainless steel, magnets will attract it?
    So I dont speak about making a magnet out of the steel model, but attracting it with magnets.

    Thanks for the quick response :)
    Last edited: Feb 15, 2013
  4. stop4stuff
    stop4stuff Well-Known Member
    Shapeways stainless has about 40% of the magnetic susceptability of mild steel.
    The surface of a flat surface is not flat when printed, there are some surface imperfections.
    The iregularity of the surface reduces the 'magnetic stick' a bit, 50kg 'pulling power' neos might only be 15kgs worth overall.

  5. yorickt
    yorickt New Member

    thanks for that answer, you really helped me! I actually realized that it will be far to expensive for me to print this in steel unfortunately :( I already uploaded it and that would cost 2400€ :confused Its not difficult to print but its a little bigger...

    Thanks for the support anyways! :)


    Now at 108€ but cant save anywhere anymore :D Bummer! :(
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013