Cold Work Applications

    When it comes to cold work, any tool steel fit for the job needs to be sturdy. Common failure mechanisms are wear galling, chipping and cracking. As in any other tool steel application, optimal tooling economy – the lowest cost per produced part – can only be achieved by choosing the right tool steel for the job.

    The performance of a tool steel is often measured by the quality of the parts it produces. While it is true that higher quality tool steel leads to better results, it is also wise to consider other aspects of tool production, such as machinability and surface treatment. Uddeholm offers a selection of cold work tool steel engineered to counter any failure mechanism that may arise when performing heavy-duty cold work, such as cold forming, blanking and coining.

    The cleaner the steel, the better the results. Uddeholm’s electro slag remelted (ESR) and powder metallurgy (PM) steel grades are among the purest on the market and will give you unparallelled results in terms of tool performance, tool life and predictability.

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    25%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    30%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    35%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    30%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    40%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    70%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    70%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    60%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    20%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    50%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    80%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    50%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    10%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    10%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    100%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    100%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    90%

    Yield strength

    85%

    Tensile strength

    100%

    Machinability

    70%

    Surface hardenability

    30%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    30%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    30%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    30%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    50%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    30%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    25%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    25%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    85%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    10%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    10%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    10%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    55%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    25%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    20%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    10%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    100%

    Yield strength

    100%

    Tensile strength

    80%

    Machinability

    100%

    Surface hardenability

    25%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    55%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    95%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    70%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    65%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    75%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    70%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    40%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    100%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    70%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    50%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    30%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    70%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    70%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    50%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    30%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    75%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    60%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    40%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    27.5%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    100%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    60%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    30%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    25%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    70%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    100%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    50%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    30%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

    35%

    Abrasive wear resistance

    35%

    Adhesive wear resistance

    45%

    Ductility edge chipping resistance

    45%

    Toughness gross cracking resistance

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