Wire cloth is a composite weave of individual wires that are woven over and under other wires that are positioned at 90 degree angles to each other. The wire cloth usually resembles a tight mesh. Wire cloth is used for various types of things such as filter screens, insect repellent, and security screens, etc. Wire cloths are used in air conditioning ducts to prevent any dust from flowing out of them. They are also used as: foundry screens, automatic filter belts and stainless steel security screens, since the wire mesh cannot be easily cut by small hand tools. A range of different wire diameters and material composition is used to make wire cloth.
There are various styles of weaving that can be performed to create wire cloth such as: twill, plain woven, plain Dutch, twill Dutch double, stranded, Dutch twill, reverse Dutch, and pre-crimped weave, etc. The wire cloth is designated by the mesh count like 90x90. The most common type of wire cloth weave is the plain woven style. In this type of weave each weft wire passes alternately over and under each warp wire and vice versa. The diameters of the warp and weft wires are usually the same.
Wire cloth can be made from an assortment of materials such as steel and stainless steel, nickel-based alloys, aluminum, brass, copper, bronze, titanium, molybdenum, tantalum and tungsten. You can also have wire cloth specially made from custom materials and in custom weaves. Because of the variety of materials that can be used to make the cloth there are many kinds of wire cloths available such as: aluminum screen cloth, brass wire cloth, brass strainer screen cloth, copper wire screen cloth, filter cloth – micronic filtration screen, fine mesh wire cloth, galvanized wire cloth, industrial hardware cloth, insect screens, stainless steel wire cloth, mill grade – stainless steel wire cloth, security and detention screens, space cloth and stainless steel bolting cloth.
The type of cloth material that you will use and its weave will depend on what the wire cloth is going to be used for. Make sure that the cloth is strong enough for the task at hand.