Carbon Steel consists of carbon, steel, and other elements such as nickel, copper, and manganese. Carbon steel is a material made up of a range of alloys consisting of steel and varying levels of carbon. This range of alloys is divided into three defined categories: low, medium, and high carbon steel. Low carbon steel, also known as mild carbon steel, is roughly 0.04-0.3% carbon. It is extremely versatile, easy to cut, and easy to shape. Medium carbon steel consists of 0.3-0.6% carbon, resulting in slightly harder and stronger steel that is resistant to welding and cutting. High carbon steel can run up to 1.5% carbon and results in an extremely had and brittle alloy that is used to make unyielding components.
Various types of carbon steel are commonly used for axles, gears, shafts, rails, pipelines, couplings, and more. It's often used in machining parts for a wide range of applications including those used in the aerospace, aircraft, military, and oil & gas industries.
Some high-quality components machined with carbon steel include:
Carbon steel is a durable material that can be used to manufacture a wide range of components. Low carbon steel can be easily molded, giving us high confidence in developing the perfect component for your application. High carbon steel provides the strength needed for tougher jobs. Carbon steel’s versatility is what makes it so commonly used in military, aerospace, and oil & gas components. Owens Industries is certain that premium carbon steel components can be produced using a number of CNC machining methods, such as:
If carbon steel doesn't appear to be the material for you, take a look at all of the other materials we can work with.