Clad metal wire is composed of two distinct metals or alloys that are bonded together so that the optimum combination of functional properties is achieved. Instead of being a mixture of metals like an alloy, bi-metals are two separate layers metallurgically bonded in a continuous cladding process using pressure to create a permanent intermetallic bond. The interlocking metals form a permanent, continuous weld.
All clad wires can be made either as bare wire or offered as coated. Coatings may be tin, tin-lead, nickel, or silver plating. Film insulation is another option. See magnet wire insulation guide for enamel options.