Cold rolled steel is a metal forming process where a steel ingot is cooled to a temperature at which the metal is no longer pliable, and then it is forged or rolled into sheets or other shapes. Properties of cold rolled steel are high formability, excellent spring properties, surface finish, thickness and flatness tolerances making this material a good choice for the production of complex parts. In addition, this is material known for being highly paintable. Cold rolled steel is also referred to as cold worked steel.
While cold rolled steel is generally inexpensive, the need for plating and finishing will incur additional costs to your project. Should you consider cold rolled steel, our engineers would carefully evaluate your project to determine if stainless steel may be a more cost effective option for photochemical etching.