Machinability Index

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The machinability index is relative ease of machining a metal.

American Iron and Steel Institute rated AISI 1212 steel which is equivalent to EN1A in the UK as 100%. This sets a baseline from which you can compare the machinability of different materials.

Free-cutting Brass300%
 Aluminium 6063T190%
AISI 1212 (EN1A)100%
 Naval Brass90%
303 Stainless65%
AISI 1040 (EN8)64%
 Phosphor Bronze60%
Nimonic 909.1%

Free Machining Steels

A group of steels designated as being easy to machine. Contain one or more additives, which enhance machining characteristics and lower machining cost.

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I've been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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