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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.
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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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improper or insufficient tempering of tool steel may lead to problems during use. Discover the importance of proper tempering and ways to reduce breakage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emergencies occur when least expected. Are you prepared for a real life emergency situation? What should you have prepared?
Knives are crafted from vaious grades of tool steel. These high-quality knives are custom made from tool steel and stainless steel.
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.
This is the page dedicated to tool steel properties and selection
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
We have added more sizes of Z-Wear PM sheet stock, reduced the cost and are offering FREE shipping on orders over $250.00
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.
Tool steel wear resistance and hardness combine to provide longevity to the life of a tool. Do your tools wear out due to abrasion or adhesion? Find out how to tell the difference.
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?
What is residual stress? Find the definition here. An explanation of tool steel terminology is explained here.
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
A wood shaping knife is used to profile the handles of gardening tools, balusters and cabinet trim. See how to solve premature wear of the cutting edge.