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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 28, 2017

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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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 14, 2017

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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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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Nov 24, 2017

Heat Treating Introduction

An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.

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Nov 22, 2017

PM Tool Steel Heat Treating Cycle

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.

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Nov 21, 2017

Why do we heat treat tool steel?

Let's do some tool steel heat treating.

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Nov 20, 2017

Conventional Tool Steel Heat Treating Cycle

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.

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Nov 17, 2017

What is Tool Steel

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.

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Nov 16, 2017

Vinyl Extrusion

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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Nov 15, 2017

Tool Steel Poll

Have you taken our tool steel poll yet? Your input is very important to the growth of . We use the poll results as a basis for new articles.Please provide us with your input today.

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Nov 14, 2017

Tool Steel Knives

Knives are crafted from vaious grades of tool steel. These high-quality knives are custom made from tool steel and stainless steel.

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Nov 10, 2017

Tool Steel Case Studies

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.

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Nov 07, 2017

Supply Chain Management

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.

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Nov 06, 2017

STS Knife Store

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.

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Nov 02, 2017

Steel Comparison Charts

Use comparison charts to compare the wear resistance, hardness, toughness, red hardness and corrosion resistance of similar tool steel grades.

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Nov 01, 2017

S-7 ESR Mold Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Oct 31, 2017

Roll Forming

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.

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Oct 26, 2017

PM T-15 Tool Bits

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.

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Oct 25, 2017

Project Manager/Tooling Manager

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.

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