This is the heat treating process typically used to harden conventional tool steel grades such as A-2, D-2, S-7, H-13 and O-1.
There are four critical steps to creating an optimum tool. These steps are:
1. Proper Tool Design
2. Proper Tool Steel Selection
3. Proper Fabrication
4. Proper Heat Treatment
If any one of these steps is sacrificed in your tooling, the longevity of your tools will suffer. If any one of these steps is sacrificed, your tools don't suffer just 25%. They FAIL.
Many times, the importance of proper heat treating is overlooked, however most failures result from improper heat treatment. Conventional tool steels and PM tool steels follow different heat treating cycles, mainly because of the difference in the austenizing, or hardening temperature. For this reason, we will present two different tool steel heat treating cycle diagrams.
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