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Perth Steel Machining

What is Steel?

Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon that we recommend for its strength to weight ratio, and ductility.

The term steel usually refers to carbon steels, which make up roughly 90% of steel production. Carbon steel is separated into three categories including low/mild, medium, and high, each respective category increasing in the percentage of carbon. 


Steel can be sourced in sheet and rod forms, and is machinable to customer specifications.

Steel can also refer to alloy steels, stainless steels, and tool steels. Grading systems can be used to categorise types of steel based on their use-cases, and include ASTM and SAE.

To speak to one of our Perth engineers, contact us by phone, email, or our contact form. Continue reading to learn more about steel.

Steel Properties

Steel Advantages and Disadvantages

Steel is widely used for its reliability and strength. This is due to the iron and carbon alloy which impacts these factors as well as carbon steels' hardness, strength, toughness and plasticity.


Steel’s main advantageous properties are:


  • Reliability

  • High strength to weight ratio

  • Good formability and weldability

  • Good machinability

  • Ductility

  • Elasticity

  • Long life-span

  • Industrial behaviour

  • Scrap value and possible reuse

What is Steel Used For?

Steel Examples and Applications

Steel’s advantageous properties make it perfect for a variety of applications. 


Common steel applications include:

  • Rivets and parts needing strong welds

  • High stress applications including gears, shafts, and studs

  • Axles, shafts, bolts, and pins

  • Pump components including shafts

  • Valves and gears

  • Bearings, couplings, aircraft parts, and more


Note: steel can come in many grades, greatly varying the application case. Please feel free to contact us to learn more.

Stainless steel and acetal part
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