Because of the hardness that the manganese gives to the finished steel and the workability resulting from the low carbon content, C1018 cold drawn steel is most commonly used to make carburized parts. These range in size and type, from gears and ratchets to pins, dowels, and machine parts. Any application requiring steel of no great strength can be handled by C1018, and parts that need threading, drilling, punching, or similar forms of machining are often made from this material.
The high workability of C1018 also means it is easy to weld and cut. It can be welded by most known welding processes and produces very high quality welds and joints. For carburized pieces, it must be specifically heated so the core remains relatively soft while the case is hard. The high levels of manganese make this process easier for 1018 cold drawn steel, hardening the case more than the low carbon content would allow on its own.
Bergsen Metals offers C1018 in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, and we are capable of shipping it anywhere in the U.S. We carry 1018 in stock, saving time on shipping and getting the steel to you as quickly as possible.