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Oct 11, 2018

Emergency Situation Bag

Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?

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Oct 09, 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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Oct 08, 2018

Simply Tool Steel Home

Simply Tool Steel is dedicated to the explanation in simple terminology of tool steel and related powder metal, PM, high speed and alloy steels

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Sep 24, 2018

M-2 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Sep 21, 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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Sep 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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Sep 13, 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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Sep 12, 2018

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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Sep 10, 2018

Plastic Injection Molding

Plastic injection molding is used to produce 30% of the plastic products. This process involves the introduction of resin into a mold cavity.

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Sep 04, 2018

Tool Steel Supplier

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.

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Aug 31, 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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Aug 30, 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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Aug 27, 2018

Has A-11 PM replaced D-2 as the standard wear resistant tool steel?

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.

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Aug 24, 2018

A-11 LV Tool Steel Data Sheet

A-11 LV tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Aug 23, 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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Aug 22, 2018

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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Aug 20, 2018

EDM of Tool Steel

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.

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Aug 17, 2018

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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Aug 14, 2018


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.

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Aug 13, 2018

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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Aug 07, 2018

Tool Steel Tensile Strength

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.

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Aug 06, 2018

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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Aug 02, 2018

CPM 1V Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jul 31, 2018

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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Jul 30, 2018

CPM S90V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S90V is a high wear resistance stainless steel grade suitable for many corrosive tooling applications.

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Jul 26, 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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Jul 25, 2018

Tool Steel Selection

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?

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Jul 23, 2018

Knife Steel Simplified Book

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.

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Jul 20, 2018

CPM 154 Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jul 19, 2018

H-13 Tool Steel Data Sheet

H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Jul 18, 2018

CNC Machines for Tool Steel Machining

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.

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Jul 17, 2018

Why do we heat treat tool steel?

Let's do some tool steel heat treating.

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Jul 13, 2018

CPM 3V Tool Steel Data Sheet

CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.

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Jul 12, 2018

PM M-48 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

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?

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Jul 10, 2018

L-6 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jul 09, 2018

O-1 Oil Hardening Tool Steel

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.

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Jul 03, 2018

Common Alloying Elements of Tool Steel

What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.

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Jul 02, 2018

CPM S30V Stainless Steel Data Sheet

CPM S30V is a high-chromium stainless steel that is suitable for many specialty cutlery applications

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Jun 29, 2018

M-4 High Speed Steel Data Sheet

PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions

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Jun 28, 2018

Tool Steel Cutting Speeds

Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.

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Jun 26, 2018

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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Jun 25, 2018

Knife Steel Comparison Chart

This comparison chart compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of CPM S30V, CPM S90V, 154 CM, 440C and D-2 knife steels.

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Jun 22, 2018

Heat Treating of Tool Steel

The Complete Heat Treating Cycle

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Jun 20, 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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Jun 18, 2018

Tool and Die

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.

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Jun 15, 2018

Stainless and Mold Steel Comparison Chart

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.

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Jun 14, 2018

A-11 Tool Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Jun 13, 2018

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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Jun 11, 2018

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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