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Old 02-17-2016, 02:41 PM   #1
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Stainless Steel 15-5 , is this like 303 or 304 stainless? Is it easy to machine ? I was given a 1 1/4" round bar and wanted to know how it would machine.
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:42 PM   #2
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15-5 is a precipitation-hardening stainless steel alloy. It's machinability will depend on its state of heat treatment. I think annealed machines nasty because it is so ductile and gummy, solution-treated is better and cutslike 304, while aged is not so bad if you go slowly consistent with the hardness.
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Thank you... I'll have to see how it goes.
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