All the ones I've played with have been chromed or are leaded steel. But as you say, nice to machine.Anyone know what laser, bubble jet printer rods are made of?
They don't rust so some kind of stainless? They are so easy to machine unlike 303 or 308 so I was thinking 12L14 but that rusts.
Yep, yep. whole drawer full.This has been asked for quite some time and, to my knowledge, nobody has identified it. I agree that it appears to be some kind of stainless alloy or some rust-resistant alloy that is accurately ground. I've machined a lot of it and it is for sure not 303 or 416. It is really soft so you might suspect it is leaded or possibly have some sulfur or selenium in there but nobody seems to know.
Tell you what, though. No discarded printer is safe from me - if I see one, I grab it to harvest the rods.