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4140 is not a tool steel, but it is an alloy steel that is commonly used in conjunction with tool steels as structural components.
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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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.
"Tool Steel Simplified" is packed with valued tool steel knowledge and resources necessary to produce high-quality tooling. 226 pages of information that can help you produce high-quality tooling for your manufacturing application.
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
New sizes added. We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00
We have added more sizes of Z-Wear PM sheet stock, reduced the cost and are offering FREE shipping on orders over $250.00
Simply Tool Steel is dedicated to the explanation in simple terminology of tool steel and related powder metal, PM, high speed and alloy steels
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.
Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plastic injection molding is used to produce 30% of the plastic products. This process involves the introduction of resin into a mold cavity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A-11 LV tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
Choosing the correct tool steel for your application will lead to successful production, less downtime and increased tool performance.
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.
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.
Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An understanding of the definition of heat treating and its' affect on the properties of tool steel is explained here.
CPM S90V is a high wear resistance stainless steel grade suitable for many corrosive tooling applications.
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?
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.
H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
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.
Let's do some tool steel heat treating.
CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.
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?
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.
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.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
CPM S30V is a high-chromium stainless steel that is suitable for many specialty cutlery applications
PM M-4 high speed steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.
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.
This comparison chart compares the toughness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of CPM S30V, CPM S90V, 154 CM, 440C and D-2 knife steels.
The Complete Heat Treating Cycle