Wire Mesh Baskets for Transport & Shipping

Custom Wire Baskets for Transport & Shipping

Ensure the safe, stable transportation of your parts and components with a custom-made wire mesh or perforated metal basket solution from Three M Tool.

Wire Baskets for Parts Transportation

Three M Tool designs and manufactures wire mesh baskets for the transportation and shipping of a wide variety of small parts and components. Our industry experience enables us to recommend the right material, features and coating for your unique application, resulting in a custom basket that can be relied upon to keep your parts stable and undamaged throughout shipping or other transportation.

Use Cases

Our versatile wire baskets for transportation and shipping have been used in a wide variety of industries. You’ll find Three M Tool custom transport and shipping baskets serving industries including:
  • Automotive
  • Aviation & Aerospace
  • General Manufacturing
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Medical/Medical Device Manufacturing


Our design and manufacturing process allows us to offer many standard and custom features and additional services as required by your application. We frequently manufacture unique lids and dividers to keep components secure during coating and finishing processes and transport. We have also designed and implemented new grid configurations, specialized welding processes, and other innovations to meet our customers’ needs.

Materials We Use

Selecting a base material for a wire basket design is a balancing act between material characteristics: Weight vs. strength, cost vs. corrosion resistance, etc. We strive to optimize performance by understanding each material’s strengths and weaknesses to choose the best material for each application. Below is an overview of our most commonly-used materials and their recommended usages:

304 Stainless Steel

The most common of the industrial stainless steel grades, 304 stainless steel is readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and is relatively easy to form and weld. Good for high-temperature applications (up to 1200° F,) wet and mildly caustic environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

316 Stainless Steel

Slightly stronger than 304 stainless, with better corrosion resistance and better high temperature strength, 316 stainless steel is readily available in most shapes. Compared to 304, it is still relatively easy to form and weld. Good for high-temperature applications (up to 1600° F,) salt water environments, and acidic and alkaline environments. Can be powder coated for added part protection. Electropolishing is recommended for all ultrasonic applications.

330 Stainless Steel

Better high-temperature strength than both 304 and 316 stainless (up to 2200° F.) Limited selection of shapes available. Higher nickel content makes it more difficult to form and weld. Good corrosion resistance in acidic and alkaline environments. These qualities also apply to other high nickel-content alloys.

Carbon Steel

Also called mild steel, carbon steel is strong, inexpensive, easy to form and weld, and readily available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Carbon steel is a great choice for manual solvent cleaning, oil dipping, and indoor material handling applications. It offers very limited corrosion resistance in its natural finish, and is therefore generally not recommended for wet locations, acidic and alkaline environments, or ultrasonic or aqueous cleaning applications.

Our Work

Tray and Carrier system to hold clipper blades

Stainless Steel Tray and Carrier for Clipper Blades

This customer manufactures clipper blades and contacted Three M Tool about creating a custom stainless steel tray and carrier system to hold the blades through a full rotation cleaning process, a heat treating process, and a chemical dip.

Three M Tool Expanded Metal Tote Basket

Expanded Metal Tote Baskets

An industrial plant customer reached out to the TMT team to custom manufacture strong, inexpensive expanded metal tote baskets to stack and store parts. The baskets needed to be rugged enough to be stackable during loading, with handles that secure the stacked baskets but are easy to grab and lift.


Yes, part protection is very important when the baskets are used to clean and transport parts. Most of the time the parts will need to be secured in a lid or grid design, be stackable, and be strong and durable to prevent damage when moving through transport.

Let’s talk about your needs.

The expert TMT team will consult with you about your unique application and recommend the best wire basket solution.

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