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Low carbon steel

  1. Jun 21, 2007 #1
    anyone know of a supplier of c.r low carbon steel ie. 1010, 1008, 1002 I can't find a supplier, any info would be appreciated, thanks
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  3. Jun 22, 2007 #2


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    It depends on the size and shape.

    When you say c.r. low carbon steel, are you thinking 1010, etc... are corrosion reisistant? That class of steel is definitely not corrosion resistant.

    If you are looking for relatively small sizes and/or non-complex shapes, you can get some through McMaster-Carr (www.mcmaster.com).

    If you are wanting some large or custom pieces, you'll need to find some place that reps for a mill that is relatively local to you unless you want to pay shipping. I know quite a few places around me, but I doubt that that would help you. What city are you in?

    Some on line places you can start are:
  4. Jun 22, 2007 #3
    The corrosion is not an issue, I've tried all the sites you listed with no luck, I'am looking for 5/16" rod and 5/16"x3/8" rect. As well as 3/16"x3" rect. and 1/4"x3/4" rect. I live in Wilmington N.C I've tried local steel suppliers and they can't help me, and keep sending me around in circles. If the price is right shipping does not concern me.
  5. Jun 22, 2007 #4


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    I see why you're having issues. You won't find standard mill runs in those sizes. You'll need some machining if those are hard and fast dimensions you have to have. Can you give the overall lengths as well?

    Here is another link page to some more metal retailers:

    If that is the case I would look around for some local machine shops. They could give you a quote for exactly what you need plus material costs.
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  6. Jun 22, 2007 #5
    I've dealt with a few local machine shops as well, seeing if they had access to the grades I'am looking for with no luck. The machining I do myself. I don't need specific parts machined. I just need the dimensions that I stated in any particular length. Usally I buy my other metals by the ft. In any case dimensions close would be adequate so I don't have a ton of work to do thanks.
  7. Jun 23, 2007 #6


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    All of these are from McMaster-Carr www.mcmaster.com

    Ø.3125 roundstock x 6 ft: P/N 9120K63 ($4.47)
    Ø.3125 roundstock x 3 ft: P/N 9120K12 ($7.64)

    .375 x .375 x 3 ft: P/N 9143K153 ($11.00)

    .1875 x 3 x 1 ft: P/N 8910K543 ($8.57)
    .1875 x 3 x 1 ft: P/N 8910K544 ($19.71)
    .1875 x 3 x 1 ft: P/N 8910K134 ($34.27)

    .25x .75 x 6 ft: P/N 8910K139 ($13.31)
  8. Jun 23, 2007 #7
    The round stock is the right grade, but galvanized which is no good for my application. 1018 is what I use for all my dimensions already. I would be happy w/ 5/16 rod & 5/16x3/8rect in 1010 or lower. I use this material for elctromagnets and armatures. Not solenoids, but a soild core electromagnet with an oscillating armature. Basically an old fashioned doorbell circuit. I appreciate the help very much, thanks.
  9. Apr 16, 2011 #8
    Building tattoo machine parts? I have had the same problem finding these materials. If you have any luck please pass that information along and I will do the same.
  10. Apr 16, 2011 #9
    Have you found a good bulk supplier for the heat shrink tubing? What size fits the finished coil?
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