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1018 is among the most commonly available grades in the world:in cold finished rounds, squares, flat bar and hexagons.
Despite its unimpressive mechanical properties, the alloy is easily formed, machined, welded and fabricated. Due to its higher manganese (Mn) content, it can, in thin sections, be hardened to Rc 42.
Applications The alloy is a free machining grade that is often employed in high volume screw machine parts applications. It is commonly employed in shafts, spindles, pins, rods, sprocket assemblies and an incredibly wide variety of component parts.