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Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
Simply Tool Steel is dedicated to the explanation in simple terminology of tool steel and related powder metal, PM, high speed and alloy steels
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.
Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
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.
CPM S90V is a high wear resistance stainless steel grade suitable for many corrosive tooling applications.
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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?
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.
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.
H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
CNC Machines are used extensively in the tooling industry to turn tool steel into tooling components. CNC Machining centers, lathes and mills are common tool room equipment.
Let's do some tool steel heat treating.
CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.
PM M-48 is a super high speed steel hardenable to RC 68. PM M-48 provides excellent wear resistance combined with excellent heat resistance. Can PM M-48 help solve your tooling issues?
L-6 is a tough, high-strength tool steel suitable for general purpose applications. It can be hardened to RC 63. L-6 is in limited production.
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.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
CPM S30V is a high-chromium stainless steel that is suitable for many specialty cutlery applications
PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.
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.
This comparison chart compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of CPM S30V, CPM S90V, 154 CM, 440C and D-2 knife steels.
The Complete Heat Treating Cycle
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.
The tool and die industry is a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. Tool steel is the center of the tool and die industry.
Toughness, wear resistance, hardness and corrosion resistance of many common mold steels including 420 ESR and 440C stainless steel are compared on thiis stainless and mold steel comparison chart.
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.
Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.
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.