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Apr 25, 2018

Powder Metal Compaction Case Study 5

Powder metal compaction forces can cause premature die failure. See how PM M-48 may solve the problem

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Apr 23, 2018

Case Study #4: Ceramic Compaction Die

A ceramic compaction die that wears out prematurely is evaluated for failure. See how the problem was solved and the new performance results.

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Apr 12, 2018

Etching A Knife Blade

No need for expensive etching equipment. We have a simple solution for etching a knife blade.

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Apr 11, 2018

Case Study #3: Bark-peeling Cutter

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.

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Apr 10, 2018

Case Study #2: Metal Stamping Punch

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.

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Apr 09, 2018

Case Study #1: Slitter knife

A case study involving a fiberglass slitter knife that wears out prematurely

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Apr 05, 2018

Careers in Tool Steel

Careers in tool steel encompass many professions. If you are still looking for a job, you may want to check out these career options.

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Apr 04, 2018

Calculating weight of tool steel

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

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Apr 03, 2018

Buy M-2 Tool Bits

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.

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Apr 02, 2018

Bar Finishes for Tool Steel

Tool steel bars are available with many different bar finishes. Check out the types available and the reason for these finishes.

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Mar 29, 2018

STS Knife Steel Store

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.

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Mar 26, 2018

420HC Stainless Steel Data 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.

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Mar 23, 2018

Tariffs affect tool steel pricing

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.

Mar 22, 2018

4140 Alloy Steel Data Sheet

4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.

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Mar 21, 2018

Z-Wear PM Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Mar 20, 2018

110 Copper

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.

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Mar 16, 2018

Tool Steel Simplified Book

"Tool Steel Simplified" provides 226 pages of valuable tool steel information providing you with the resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling.

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Feb 01, 2018

PM Tool Steel Production

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.

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Jan 22, 2018

Choosing the Correct Tool Steel

Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.

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Jan 19, 2018

440C Stainless Steel

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.

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Jan 18, 2018

EDM Tips for Tool Steel

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.

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Jan 16, 2018

Avoiding Tool Failure

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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Jan 15, 2018

Advertise on simplytoolsteel

With these new website rollouts taking place, now is the time to get your company ad in front of our visitors. Get your advertisement displayed today and begin generating more revenue.

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Jan 12, 2018

CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jan 10, 2018

Machining Tool Steel

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.

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Jan 09, 2018

A-6 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jan 08, 2018

420 ESR Stainless Steel

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.

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Jan 05, 2018

S-7 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jan 04, 2018

High Speed Steel Comparison Chart

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.

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Jan 03, 2018

Rockwell Hardness Conversion Chart

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.

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Jan 02, 2018

HSS Cutting Tools

Can't find the cutting tool that you need? We have them in our Cutting Tool Store, including vises and other tool holders.

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Dec 29, 2017

Knife Steel Introduction

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?

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Dec 27, 2017

Grinding Tool Steel

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.

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Dec 22, 2017

Tool Steel Data Sheets

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

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Dec 21, 2017

Properties 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.

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Dec 20, 2017

STS Knife Steel Store CPM S35VN

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

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Dec 19, 2017

STS Knife Steel Store CPM 3V

We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00

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Dec 18, 2017

CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Knives

CPM S35VN Stainless Steel Knives are the new emerging knives made from this new steel grade, bringing superior performance to the user.

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Dec 15, 2017

440C Stainless Steel Knives

440C Stainless Steel Knives have become one of the most popular grades, known for tis good edge retention and corrosion resistance.

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Dec 13, 2017

Cryogenic Treatment of Tool Steel

Some tool steels may benefit from a cryogenic treatment.This article details the cryogenic treatment of tool steel and the benefits.

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Dec 12, 2017

Welding of Tool Steel

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.

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Dec 11, 2017

Tempering of 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.

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Dec 08, 2017

Quenching of Tool Steel

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.

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Dec 06, 2017

Austenizing of Tool Steel

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.

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Dec 05, 2017

Preheating of Tool Steel

How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.

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Dec 04, 2017

Stress Relieving of Tool Steel

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.

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Dec 01, 2017

Annealing of Tool Steel

Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft facilitate further machining or hot working.

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Nov 30, 2017

Preventing Oxidation of Tool Steel

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

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Nov 29, 2017

Recordkeeping for Tool Steel Heat Treating

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.

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