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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.
4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
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.
M390/CPM 20CV Stainless steel is a PM stainless grade that offers excellent corrosion resistance and good wear resistance through the use of high chromium and vanadium.
"Tool Steel Simplified" provides 226 pages of valuable tool steel information providing you with the resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling.
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.
Workers employed in the factories of the future will have high tech skills and will manage the robotic "workers." Those jobs will also fetch high wages.
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.
We would like to see your homemade machines. If you have built one, you can proudly post it here for the world to see.
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.
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
Toughness, wear resistance and red hardness are inherent properties of tool steel. Hardness is another property that is developed during the heat treating process.
Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool 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.
Use comparison charts to compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.
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.
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.
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.
Careers in tool steel encompass many professions. If you are still looking for a job, you may want to check out these career options.
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.
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.
CPM S30V is a high-chromium stainless steel that is suitable for many specialty cutlery applications
Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.
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Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.
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.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
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?
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.
This website is dedicated to the explanation in simple terminology of tool steel and related powder metal, PM, high speed and alloy steels
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.
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?
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.
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.
A-11 LV tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
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.
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.
Do you have a hobbyist in the family? The Proxxon micro mill is ready for all of your small machining jobs in steel, cast iron,plastic and aluminum.
Simply Tool Steel offers a selection of some of the best tool steels and stainless steels available to the knifemaker. We are currently offering Z-Wear PM, CPM 3V and CPM S35VN sheet.
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.
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.
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.
This is the conventional cold work tool steel comparison chart comparing O-1, L-6, S-7, H-13, A-2 and D-2
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.
How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.
CPM 15V is the same chemical composition as A-11 PM with added carbon and vanadium to provide better wear resistance while sacrificing some toughness.
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.