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A comparison chart is one of the tools available to the tooling manager. This PM tool steel comparison chart compares some of the common PM tool steel grades.
Who do you depend on for your tool steel information? Who should you depend on for your tool steel supply? Discover the criteria necessary to make the correct choice.
Learn about the powder compaction process, properties, characteristics and tool steels used.in the PM industry. The PM industry is very diverse, serving nearly every consumer market.
CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.
Welding of tool steel is sometimes a necessary practice. This article is an explanation of the procedure and precautions that should be taken and equipment used when welding tool steel.
Tool and die makers are a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. Tool steel is the center of the tool and die industry.
Compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.
A 420HC Stainless steel data sheet for the popular knife grade. 420 HC is a commonly used stainless steel grade that is used in the commercial knife industry. 420HC takes a very sharp cutting edge.
This is a temperature color guide indicating the appoximate temperature of steel when heated
Custom fabricated high-speed steel tool bits in PM M-48 and PM T-15
Recordkeeping is a very important part of the heat treating process. If a tooling problem should occur, the manufacturer will want to look at the heat treating process for a possible solution.
Quenching is the process of rapidly cooling the tool steel to freeze the alloying elements in the microstructure. Read the article for details and precautions of the quench cycle.
PM tool steel heat treats differently than conventional tool steel. The time at the high temperature is much shorter. This diagram depicts the differences in the PM tool steel heat treating cycle.
Knife Steel Simplified is our new book that contains 152 pages of tool steel information devoted to the knife maker engaged in the production of high-quality tool steel knives.
Metal stamping is the process of shaping metal coil or sheet into finished parts through the use of a tool set. These tool sets are manufactured from tool steel and hardened for strength.
Roll forming is the process where metal sheet or coil is rolled between tool steel roll to form a profile on the sheet or coil.
"Tool Steel Simplified" is packed with valued tool steel knowledge and resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling. 226 pages of information that can help you produce high-quality tooling for your manufacturing application.
CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Knives are the new emerging knives made from this new steel grade, bringing superior performance to the user.
These featured knives are some of the highest quality knives available in the market. They have been tried, tested and proven to withstand the most demanding situations.
M-42 is a 8% cobalt high speed steel that offers superior heat and wear resistance over M-2 high speed steel. M-42 can be hardened to RC 67.
How is tool steel produced? Read this article to gain an understanding of the conventional tool steel production process.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
Likely one of the best values in the high-quality knife industry. This SOG knife includes many features that aren't available at this price.
A curated list of the tools needed for custom knifemaking, both forging and grinding
CNC machining has become a leading force behind the manufacturing renaissance. CNC machining provides many benefits that enable the toolmaker to turn tool steel into a tooling component.
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The Signal is a complete 4.5-inch adventure buddy with 19 different tools including pliers, wire cutters, knife, saw, hammer, can opener, a diamond-coated sharpener and much more
Machining tool steel is the process of shaping the tool steel into a useable form. Learn about the process here or add your knowledge to teach others.
Many manufacturing industries employ the use of tool steel in their process. Discover these industries, their manufacturing process and the tool steel grades that are used to produce the products.
This high-speed steel chart compares the hardness, wear resistance, toughness and red hardness of M-2, M-42, PM M-4, PM M-48 and PM T-15.
Is tool failure a problem for your operation? Many factors contribute to the production of a good tool.. Using the proper precautions can lead to higher productivity.
This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection
Let's do some tool steel heat treating.
A-11 Tool steel is a very common high wear resistant tool steel. This grade achieves its wear resistance by forming vanadium carbides through the use of 10% vanadium content.
Learn how to properly calculate the weight of tool steel. These easy formulas for calculating the weight are very useful for engineers, machinist and buyers of tool steel
Rockwell C-Scale is the standard scale on which tool steels are measured. Occasionally, the hardness is stated as Brinell hardness and must be converted to the Rockwell C-scale for comparison.
Proper heat treating of your tooling is critical. This article covers the proper heat treating method for conventional tool steels, such as A-2, D-2, S-7 and H-13, to assure their best performance.
CPM 154 is a PM version of the popular 154 CM stainless knife steel. The chemical composition is the same, however, the toughness and grindability has been improved.
An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.
Tool steel forms nearly everything in your life. Tool steel is a special type of steel used in the production of tooling for many industrial processes.
440C Stainless steel is a heat treatable stainless steel that has been designed for very good wear resistance with moderate corrosion resistance in mild environments.
O-1 is widely used in production parts and tooling fixtures, jigs, slides and pins. O-1 is easily hardened and readily available in flat ground stock and drill rod.
An explanation of the hardening, or austenizing of tool steel. This is the stage of the heat treating process when the transformation of the structure takes place.
Rush Deer introduces a 16-in-1 hammer multi tool made of stainless steel and aluminum
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Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.
The tensile strength of tool steel is directly related to the hardness of tool steel. This chart shows the approximate tensile strength of tool steel at vaious hardnesses.
With so many tool steel grades available, how do you chose the correct tool steel grade for your application and what tool steel properties are required for your tool to be successful?