Is there an engineer in the house who could confirm the suitability of this product as a dirt cheap alternative to hardened steel?
Tensile strength is quoted as 90Mpa and hardness at 96 Rockwell M. Assumedly the Bearing Grade TX is the better suited material and still dirt cheap.
I am not an engineer but if it is sufficently stiff, hard and strong than all I would need would be linear bearings, mounting blocks and a lathe to machine it down to 16mm.
If a suitable alternative, it would answer many peole's needs to build within a tight budget.
Would there be wear issues of having a metal bearing and a plastic rod?
Am I onto something good here?