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Jun 23, 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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Jun 22, 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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Jun 20, 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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Jun 19, 2017

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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Jun 16, 2017

CPM S30V Stainless Steel Knives

CPM S30V Stainless Steel Knives have become the new standard in American knifemaking during the past few years. CPM S30V offers high strength, good wear resistance and corrosion resistance.

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Jun 14, 2017

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 09, 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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Jun 08, 2017

Advertise on simplytoolsteel

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Jun 05, 2017

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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May 23, 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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May 19, 2017

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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May 16, 2017

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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May 08, 2017

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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Apr 11, 2017

A-2 Tool Steel Data Sheet

A-2 is a well balanced grade of tool steel, which has good wear resistance and very good toughness. It is also very stable in heat treating.

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Apr 10, 2017

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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Apr 04, 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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Apr 03, 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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Mar 31, 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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Mar 29, 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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Mar 23, 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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Mar 20, 2017

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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Mar 14, 2017

M390 / CPM 20CV Stainless Steel Data Sheet

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.

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Mar 02, 2017

CNC Machining of Tool Steel

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.

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Mar 01, 2017

New life for manufacturing using robots

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.

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Feb 28, 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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Feb 24, 2017

Homemade Machines

We would like to see your homemade machines. If you have built one, you can proudly post it here for the world to see.

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Feb 23, 2017

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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Feb 22, 2017

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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Feb 20, 2017

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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Feb 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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Feb 16, 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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Feb 15, 2017

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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Feb 13, 2017

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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Feb 09, 2017

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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Feb 08, 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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Feb 07, 2017

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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Feb 06, 2017

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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Feb 02, 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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Jan 31, 2017

Tool Steel Newsletter

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Jan 30, 2017

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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Jan 27, 2017

Powder Metal Compaction

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.

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Jan 26, 2017

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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Jan 22, 2017

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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Dec 29, 2016

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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Dec 23, 2016

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 20, 2016

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 19, 2016

A-11 LV Tool Steel Data Sheet

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

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Dec 15, 2016

PM Tool Steel Comparison Chart

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.

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Dec 14, 2016

Proxxon Micro Mill

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.

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