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1008 Cold Rolled Steel

The term steel refers to iron in which 0.02 to 1.7% carbon has been added. There are many different types of steel and various alloys and applications for each type. Generally steel is low cost and it is easy to finish with paint or other coatings. This makes steel a popular choice for many different types of products. It is used commonly in the manufacturing of automobiles, homes, cutlery, appliances and magnetic cores just to name a few. Steel does however, have poor corrosion resistance.

In steel manufacturing, rolling is a forming process whereby metal materials are passed through a pair of rollers. There are different types of rolling; the most common are hot rolling and cold rolling. Rolling is classified according to the temperature of the metal rolled. Cold rolling is the process that occurs when the metal is below its recrystallization temperature. When the metal is higher than its recrystallization temperature it is referred to as hot rolling.

The numeric system that describes types of steel helps to determine the alloying ingredients by the first two digits of the alloy number, and the last two digits refer to the carbon content. Generally, as carbon is added, machinability and weldability decreases but strength increases.

1008 Cold Rolled Steel can be referred to as mild, low carbon steel. There are several types including 1008 Flat Bar Cold Finish, 1008 Round Bar Cold Finish and 1008 Square Bar Cold Finish. 1008 is readily available around the world and is available in several shapes. Though it ranks below average in its mechanical properties, the alloy is easily formed, machined, welded and manufactured. 1008 cold rolled steel is often used for screw machine parts, shafts, pins, spindles and rods.

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