Tool steel grades are machined to various finishes to be used for a lot of applications like open die forgings.
Tool steel is machined out of various tool steel grades that are critically picked for their suites applications. Each grade differs regarding with their featured properties and strengths as well as for their combined element contents.
They are most suited for die forging applications with the great toughness and hardness they have which allow them to be used mostly in machining and cutting other metals.
Please see our table of tool steel grades below:
|TOOL STEEL GRADES||DESCRIPTION||APPLICATION|
|A2||medium air hardening tool steel; capable of deep hardening||slitters, die shapes, and similar applications|
|A10||keeps distortion at minimum level upon hardening||thread rolling dies and intricate die shapes|
|D2||high chromium, high carbon type tool steels; highly wear resistant; deep hardening alloy||thread rolling dies and blanking and forming dies|
|D3||has high wear resistant; deep hardening alloy; has high comprehensive strength||forming rolls, draw dies, blanking and forming dies, powder metal tooling|
|D5||capable of deep hardening; has low resistance to heat softening||blanking and forming dies, thread rolling|
|H11||chromium, hot work type tool steels; has good toughness; low in carbon content||aircraft landing gear|
|H13||contains strengthening agents; softening resistant at high temperatures||die casting, die work, extrusion dies|
|H21||has tungsten content; toughness reduced||used for tolling and hot working dies|
|H26||softening resistant; has higher tungsten content||forming dies and hot extrusion|
|M2||higher version of M1 tool steel; has better wear resistance||cutting tools|
|P20||mold steel; has high hardness and toughness||injection molds and die casting dies|
|W1||simple high carbon steel; easily hardened by quenching and heating||cold heading, metal cutting tools, embossing taps and reamers, cutlery|