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How important is preheating of tool steel? Do you want straight tools? Consistent and even results? See the benefits of preheating in this article.
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.
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.
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?
PM 420 stainless steel is a modified version of 420 SS. PM 420 provides much greater wear resistance and good corrosion resistance.
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.
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.
Metal stamping is the process of shaping metal coil or sheet into finished parts through the use of a tool set. These tool sets are manufactured from tool steel and hardened for strength.
Mechanical engineering is the profession that develops machines and mechanical systems. There are excellent opportunities for mechanical engineers with the resurgence of manufacturing in America.
The Max Axe Multi-Purpose Tool is a very versatile tool consisting of an axe, shovel, hoe, rake and various picks for outdoor survival use.
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
H-13 tool steel data sheet with heat treating instructions
H-13 ESR is a premium version of H-13, melted using the electroslag remelt process to provide better transverse toughness and microcleanliness.
No need for expensive etching equipment. We have a simple solution for etching a knife blade.
Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
Speed up your tooling production cycle. Cut your tool production time in half. When quick turnaround of a tooling component is required, grab an EDM blank and complete the tool quickly.
D-2 is one of the most widely used tool steel. D-2 is a standard tool steel in many manufacturing industries and custom knife making.
CPM S90V is a high wear resistance stainless steel grade suitable for many corrosive tooling applications.
CPM 3V provides good wear resistance and toughness in the HRC 58-60 range.
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.
CPM 15V is the same chemical composition as A-11 PM with added carbon and vanadium to provide better wear resistance while sacrificing some toughness.
This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection
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.
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.
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.
HSS tool bits are available in a variety of sizes and are used for many machining operations such as milling, boring and turning. M-2 and PM T-15 are very durable grades for these operations.
Optimize your tool steel cutting process. Use this chart to determine the proper cutting speeds to use.
This is a temperature color guide indicating the appoximate temperature of steel when heated
A case study involving the failure of H-13 pins inserted into a plastic mold and the solution undertaken to solve the problem.
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.
Plastic injection molding is used to produce 30% of the plastic products. This process involves the introduction of resin into a mold cavity.
Many manufacturing industries employ the use of tool steel in their process. Discover these industries, their manufacturing process and the tool steel grades that are used to produce the products.
What makes tool steel different from most other steel? How do the alloying elements affect tool steel? The answers are here.
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?
A CNC machinist brings life to a piece of tool steel. They are responsible for giving shape to the tool. See how they achieve this through the use of technology.
This is the conventional cold work tool steel comparison chart comparing O-1, L-6, S-7, H-13, A-2 and D-2
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.
We have added more sizes of CPM 3V knife steel, cut the cost and are offering FREE shipping on our over $250.00
What is residual stress? Find the definition here. An explanation of tool steel terminology is explained here.
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.
Multi-ppurpose tools are available in a wide variety of sizes, configurations and uses for survival, rescue and camping. Quality tool steel is used in these tools for the cutting edges.
Annealing is required when the tool steel needs to be restored to its' original soft condition.to facilitate further machining or hot working.
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 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.