3 Things To Keep In Mind When Buying Titanium

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Buying metals can seem like a confusing process, but if you approach it with some basic knowledge, you will be much more well-equipped to make an informed decision as a consumer. One metal available for purchase is titanium, a metal that is remarkably strong, lightweight, and resistant to corrosion. It also has a wide range of applications. As a result, it is often utilized in a variety of residential and commercial projects. If you are considering purchasing titanium for sale from a supplier in the near future, read below for more information about a few of the things you should keep in mind.


The first thing you will want to consider is the shape of the titanium pieces you plan to buy. Many suppliers offer standard shapes, including bars, sheets, and tubes. For all of these different shapes, you should first figure out the dimensions your project requires. (Titanium suppliers usually list standard products down to the thousandth of an inch, so it is best to measure exactly.) Then note any custom cuts you need before ordering; most suppliers are more than happy to perform these free of charge, even if you are not ordering many pieces. 

Grades and Alloys

When purchasing titanium, some of the most important concepts concern grades and alloys. Some grades of titanium are not mixed with other metals, and so are often referred to as "pure". Conversely, other grades combine titanium with additional metals such as aluminum. These are classified as alloys. Speak with a titanium supplier about which grade or alloy is best for your project. If you order titanium for a project that involves a lot of welding, for example, you are likely in for a shock if the grade you ordered is meant for machining instead. You also do not want to risk confusing high-grade titanium meant for aerospace manufacturers with everyday grades that are used for simple projects.

Mill Test Reports

Finally, you will want to make sure that the supplier you are ordering from includes a mill test report (MTR) with the purchase. An MTR will give you all the information you need about the specific product, including its physical and chemical properties. MTRs also serve as proof that the metal sheet, bar, or tube you have received meets various industry standards. With an MTR, you have peace of mind knowing that your order is exactly what you need.


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