ABS

Mild Steel

Machining

Mild Steel

Mild Steel is an iron alloy containing a small percentage of carbon. Also called plain-carbon steel and low-carbon steel, it is now the most common form of steel because it is cheap in consideration to the material properties it possesses. Mild steel contains approximately 0.05–0.25% carbon.

Natural Color: Dark blue-gray

Bounding box (in mm) | Rectangular (X/Y/Z) | Cylindrical (D/D/H)
25 x 25 x 10
40 x 40 x 25
60 x 80 x 50
100 x 100 x 100
150 x 150 x 100
250 x 250 x 200
400 x 400 x 300

Accuracy: less than 150 µm

Post-Processing options: Buffing, Honing, Lapping, Grinding, Bead Blasting, Powder Coating

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Highlights

  • Strength
  • Toughness, resilience
  • Good hardnesss
  • Efficient malleability
  • Great affordability

Limitations

  • Not suitable for food packaging
  • Aluminium is counterpart in automotives because of less weight
  • Limitation To Heat Treatment
  • Comparatively Less Stronger than other steels

Applications

  • Gaskets
  • Vessel linings
  • Pump interiors, washers
  • Wire and cable wrap
  • Piping, tubing and vessels

Material data

It is a widely used polymer and finds great applications in construction, heavy machinery, automotive and tool parts. Download the datasheet here.

Mild Steel Design Guidelines for Machining

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Wall thickness

  • Minimum wall thickness should be 1mm anywhere.
  • For better results, it is recommended to maintain wall thickness above 2mm.
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Minimum detail size

  • Minimum diameter that can be processed is 1mm.
  • Metal inserts may be required for softer materials.

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Design consideration

  • Undercuts, T-slots, Dovetail slots are difficult to process.
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Text impressions

  • Engraving is easier than embossing.
  • Embossing requires more material removal.
  • There are thickness limitations associated with embossing.
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Corner Radius

  • Corner radius depend on the tool diameter
  • Too small diameters are hard to machine
  • Corner radii, if any, must be limited to 1mm diameter