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Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.
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.
These 10 tips for EDM machining of tool steel may help to produce the highest quality tooling. Tool steels are exposure to extreme heat during the EDM process and require some precautions.
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.
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New CPM S35VN stainless steel data sheet highlights the edge retention and toughness of this knife steel. CPM S35VN is a tougher version of CPM S30V, due to the addition of niobium.
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.
A-6 is a general purpose tool steel with moderate wear resistance and toughness. It is an air hardening grade with a low hardening temperature.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can't find the cutting tool that you need? We have them in our Cutting Tool Store, including vises and other tool holders.
We have updated our knife steel introduction to include the newer CPM S35VN and M390 data sheets. These are two tough stainless knife steels with very good edge retention.Have you read this article?
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.
Severe tool steel damage may occur during the grinding operation. Chipping and cracking are two common problems that occur from the use of improper grinding practices.
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
Toughness, wear resistance and red hardness are inherent properties of tool steel. Hardness is another property that is developed during the heat treating process.
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
We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00
CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Knives are the new emerging knives made from this new steel grade, bringing superior performance to the user.
440C Stainless Steel Knives have become one of the most popular grades, known for tis good edge retention and corrosion resistance.
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
Some tool steels may benefit from a cryogenic treatment.This article details the cryogenic treatment of tool steel and the benefits.
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.
Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.
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.
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.
How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.
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.
Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
Serious decarburization can occur if the proper precautions aren't taken. Here is an explanation of the steps required to prevent oxidation of tool steel
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.
An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.
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.
Let's do some tool steel heat treating.
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.
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.
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.
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Knives are crafted from vaious grades of tool steel. These high-quality knives are custom made from tool steel and stainless steel.
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.
Supply chain management is the streamlining of the flow of materials and accompanying services in order to provide a consistent flow of material and cost savings.
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.
S-7 ESR is a high purity version of S-7 tool steel. S-7 ESR is produced using the electroslag remelt process which produces a more uniform microstructure and better microcleanliness.
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.
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.
Proper management of your company is critical. A project manager is responsible for an entire product line. The tooling manager is responsible for all of the tooling components used within a company.