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Powder metal compaction forces can cause premature die failure. See how PM M-48 may solve the problem
A ceramic compaction die that wears out prematurely is evaluated for failure. See how the problem was solved and the new performance results.
No need for expensive etching equipment. We have a simple solution for etching a knife blade.
This is a case study that involves the use of a bark-peeling cutter on cherry logs in the timber industry. See how D-2 provided a solution to this problem.
Our gift to you. Case studies provide "real world" results of tool steel used in manufacturing operations.Here is a case study that involves a metal stamping punch for stamping of zinc sheet.
A case study involving a fiberglass slitter knife that wears out prematurely
Careers in tool steel encompass many professions. If you are still looking for a job, you may want to check out these career options.
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
M-2 tool bits are used for machining operations when heavy or interrupted cuts are required. They are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes.
Tool steel bars are available with many different bar finishes. Check out the types available and the reason for these finishes.
Simply Tool Steel offers a selection of some of the finest tool steels and stainless steels available to the knifemaker. We are currently offering Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN sheet.
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.
Tariffs have gone into affect for steel and aluminum entering the United States. The tariffs amount to 25 percent on steel and 15 percent on aluminum.
This may be good news for some US steel producers, however, it may not affect the tool steel market in the same positive manner.
Most of the US steel mills are not capable of producing tool steel for a number of reasons, including size of the mill, quality of the aging equipment, or an interest in either higher volume steel grades or higher market prices for other steel materials that they produce.
It is not likely that any of the US steel mills are going to jump into the production of tool steel in the near future. With aerospace materials dominating the production schedules at the US steel mills and the boom in the construction industry, tool steel is likely to get overlooked by any of the few mills that are capable of producing it.
Tool steel is likely to remain a commodity that is imported from the EU, China or India for quite some time and the cost of tool steel will rise 25 percent as has already been seen throughout the market.
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
This is a 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.
110 Copper is used as pre-cut blanks for your EDM process. When you buy 110 copper for your EDM electrodes, you save time and money.
"Tool Steel Simplified" provides 226 pages of valuable tool steel information providing you with the resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling.
Discover how the PM tool steel production process differs from conventional tool steel production. Explore the advantages of the PM process including increased toughness and alloy content.
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?
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.
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.