We work frequently with 12L14, the fastest and easiest-machining of the carbon steels. The ‘L’ in the name stands for lead, which is responsible for its great machining characteristics. Screws, fasteners, and other relatively simple parts to be produced in high numbers are perfect for 12L14. Also known as Ledloy.
A common low-carbon alloy often used for bolts, mechanical parts, pins, and other applications where hardness is critical. Excellent for Swiss turning. 1020 is a similar option.
Often used in the Swiss watch industry, we can machine 20AP for similar applications where precision is critical.
While not easily machined, 1008 is a low-carbon steel that can be used for cold-formed parts.
A strong, tough steel used in bearing and other applications that require high impact resistance.
A common choice for fasteners, screws, and the like.
A lower-strength steel often used in applications like car bodies and sometimes machined into things like fasteners. Well-suited to cold-forming processes.
Steels which prioritize machinability and surface finish. Well-suited to parts which don’t experience high stress.
Similar to 1018 but with added sulfur to improve machinability.
A strong, tough steel used in suitably industrial applications like shafts and bolts.
A high-carbon steel that can be hardened to Rc 58 with a moderate machinability rating.
A balanced steel alloy similar to 1095 that can be tricky to machine.