Steel is often machined with cutting operations such as turning, drilling or milling. Machinability is a very important material property. Important criteria for machinability are wear, surface condition, chip shape and cutting torque or cutting forces. These criteria are important to derive the cutting data of the tool in terms of cutting speed, feed rate and cutting depth.

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Elasticity is a material property that provides information about the ability of materials to withstand stress.

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The forgeability of steel depends on the carbon content but also on various alloying elements.

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The hardness defines the mechanical resistance that the material is able to withstand mechanical impact of other materials.

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