Cold drawn or machined – processes fitted to your needs
Machining will never impart the same structural properties that cold drawing can produce. But parts made by this process also do not generally require annealing or further working to make them usable in many applications. The choice between the two processes becomes a trade-off between the required strength, the accuracy of the section and the overall amount or length of material that is required. Cold drawn section can be quickly produced in long sections whereas the machining of a similar section is impractical or prohibitively expensive.
Both technologies offer significant advantages over hot-rolling material but the final application and the practicalities of processing become the driving factor in selecting the appropriate process.