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Stainless steel can be cut and profiled in the same way and using the same type of equipment as for most other steels. Some differences in technique apply and these are explained below. The information in this article is specifically directed towards austenitic stainless steels, the most frequently used family of stainless steels.
Stainless steels can be readily cut using laser methods. Although classed as thermal cutting methods, the heat input and heat generated is low. Good quality cut edges can be produced with little risk of distortion to the steel.