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Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
Stress relieving tool steel plays a very important role. It reduces the stress in the tool that causes dimensional instability during the hardening process. See how this process works.
Data sheets for many common tool steel grades including O-1, L-6, A-2, D-2, S-7 and H-13, A-11, A-11LV, PM M-4, PM T-15, M-48 and many more tool steels with heat treating instructions
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.
Simply Tool Steel is dedicated to the explanation in simple terminology of tool steel and related powder metal, PM, high speed and alloy steels
Holiday gift giving just go a whole lot easier. STS Knife Store has some excellent buys on high-end knives. These knives and tools are catagorized by the blade steel to make selection simple.
Use comparison charts to compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.
Are knives one of your passions? We have published an ebook titled "Knife Steel Simplified" that will aid you in understanding knife steel, its' properties, heat treatment and also provide knife grinding tips to ensure that your custom made knives are of the best quality. You can find our downloadable book on our website or on our newsfeed. Tell your friends.
"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.
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.
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.
Speed up your tooling production cycle. Cut your tool production time in half. When quick turnaround of a tooling component is required, grab an EDM blank and complete the tool quickly.
S-7 is an air hardening tool steel, formulated for high impact resistance at relatively high hardness. It offers toughness to withstand chipping and breaking up to RC 59.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
Z-Wear PM grade of cold work tool steel that offers a versatile combination of high value, high toughness and high hardness. Z-Wear PM is well suited for many form tool applications, including metal stamping, powder metal compaction and plastic injection molding
The Complete Heat Treating Cycle
Does your operation generate heat? PM T-15 high speed steel may solve your tooling issues caused by high speeds and friction.
This is the conventional cold work tool steel comparison chart comparing O-1, L-6, S-7, H-13, A-2 and D-2
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PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
We have also added more sizes to our CPM S35VN stock, lowered the cost for you and are now including FREE shipping on orders over $250.00
Simply Tool Steel is the premier online source for Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN knife steel.
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
A-2 is a well balanced grade of tool steel, which has good wear resistance and very good toughness. It is also very stable in heat treating.
New sizes added. We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00
We have added more sizes of Z-Wear PM sheet stock, reduced the cost and are offering FREE shipping on orders over $250.00
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.
Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
M-2 is a general purpose high-speed steel that is used for drills, reamers, drill blanks and pins.M-2 also provides wear resistance and hardness for cold work tooling applications.
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.
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.
420 ESR is an electroslag remelted version of 420 stainless steel. 420 ESR exhibits good corrosion resistance with excellent wear resistance for the plastic molding industry.
Vinyl extrusion is a manufacturing method that enables large quantities of products to be produced economically. PVC compound is pushed through a die to produce a part profile.
Plastic injection molding is used to produce 30% of the plastic products. This process involves the introduction of resin into a mold cavity.
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.
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.
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.
A-11 PM has taken a leading role in many wear-resistant applications while D-2 has been the standard wear resistant tool steel since the 1970's. See how these two common grades compare.
A-11 LV tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.
We have added a collection of tool steel case studies that examine various tool steels used, the problems encountered and the solutions that were used to solve the problems.
The EDM process is used in many toolmaking industries to aid in the production of intircate tooling. Read about the EDM process and the necessary precautions for tool steel.
Metallurgy is the study of the chemical and physical behavior of metals and their alloys. A metallurgist develops tool steels for use in the manufacturing industry.
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.
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.
PM T-15 tool bits are used for machining of hard materials. They are able to withstand the high heat generated by the frinction of the machining operation.
CPM 1V is a very tough hot work tool steel. This grade is a medium hardeneing tool steel designed for for applications requiring very good toughness with good wear resistance.
An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.