(I crossposted this to a couple more groups because it is interesting,
maybe even useful. BTW, 12L14 is a common free-machining resulfurized and
rephosporized steel alloy with some lead added to improve machinability.
Composition: Carbon: 0.15% max, Mn: 0.85~1.15%, P: 0.04~0.09% max,
S: 0.26~0.35% max, Pb: 0.15~0.35%)
> Every once in a long while I get a delivery of 12L14 that has a poor
> surface finish, kind of micro pitted. It machines and chip breaks just
> like you'd expect except for one strange thing. The chips are hyper
> magnetic. They stick to the cutoff tool and when the drills and taps
> pull out they look almost like magnets in iron filings.
> These magnetic chips cause a couple of problems. First, they sometimes
> stick to the face of stock stop and cause part length variation (we
> can't face the part after feed out because it's too long and slender).
> Second, we have to clean the chips off the parts before we can do the
> second-op work on them. And lastly, the parts don't have a very nice
> appearance where the mill finish shows.
> First time I noticed this strange happening, I thought maybe the
> machine spindle was somehow magnetizing the stock. No, I've tried
> running a "regular" bar of 12L14 between bars of the strange stuff.
> The regular stuff performed normally, it's only the funny stuff that
> has the magnetic chips.
> My supplier, of course, says I'm the only one that's mentioned this and
> they don't see any thing wrong with the stock. Seems like whenever I
> get this funny stuff, all the other suppliers in town have the same
> stock. I assume they all buy from the same mills.
> Has anyone else seen this?
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