Don't get me wrong, material price is important. We all have budgets to meet. But sourcing the lowest material price across the board and sourcing the lowest material price for your specific application are two very different things. When you have a project bound by quality requirements, sourcing at the lowest cost can drive costs up in other areas.
Material Price and Quality
It's been my experience that material price and material quality are closely connected. Low prices typically indicate lower quality, and higher prices indicate higher quality. Here are some of the ways that price and quality are intertwined when it comes to sourcing metals.
Ensuring Standards Requires Resources
edge conditioning reduces Imperfections
Getting What You Pay For
Sometimes, your project won't require metal at its highest quality. For applications where the material will be stamped and painted, appearance issues like stains, and surface finish inconsistencies will be covered up in the final product. In these situations, sourcing the lowest material price will likely serve your purposes.
Alternatively, if your application is high speed and tolerance critical, you're going to need the best, most pristine material possible. In these situations, sourcing at the lowest price will ultimately cost you more from a whole project perspective.