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A-11 PM/Why do we heat treat tool steel?
October 23, 2013
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Has A-11 PM Replaced D-2?
D-2 is a high-carbon high-chromium wear resistant tool steel that is used by many manufacturing industries. D-2 claimed the top seat in the 1970’s due to its’ wear resistance compared to many other grades that were available at the time.

Why do we heat treat tool steel?
Most tool steel is supplied to the toolmaker in the annealed or soft condition. In the soft condition, tool steel does not offer any usefulness to the end-user. It is provided in the annealed condition in order to facilitate ease of machining by the toolmaker. So, Why do we het treat tool steel?

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Tool and Die Industry
The tool and die industry is a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. They serve many manufacturing industries such as metal stamping, roll forming, plastic molding, vinyl extrusion, cold and hot heading, forging, powder metal compaction and metal injection molding. Tool steel is used to produce tooling for use in all of these industries.

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