Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Quenching

Quenching
The 3rd term to be discussed is quenching and the desired outcome from this process.

The quenching operation is extremely important in setting up the proper microstructure of the steel.  There are many mediums that can be used to quench steel such as oil, air, salt and steam to name a few.

The purpose of quenching is […]

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Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Hardening

The 2nd term to discuss is the hardening process and what transformation the steel goes through during the hardening process.

Hardening (A specific heating and cooling process based on the chemistry of the material) is performed on all ferrous steels to develop the proper microstructure and optimal properties of the material.

The 1st stage of hardening is […]

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Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Annealing

THE NEXT FIVE BLOG TITLES WILL DEAL WITH DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF HEAT TREATING TOOL STEEL.  THESE FIVE TOPICS WILL BE, IN ORDER: ANNEALING, HARDENING, QUENCHING, TEMPERING, AND HARDNESS RANGES/TESTING.
ANNEALING
ANNEALING IS AN ASPECT OF HEAT TREATMENT USED TO SOFTEN STEELS AND TO IMPROVE MACHINABILITY, MATERIAL STABILITY & MECHANICAL OR ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES. THIS IS ACCOMPLISHED BY BRINGING […]

By |November 10th, 2015|heat treating|Comments Off on Heat Treating of Tool Steels – Annealing

Working With Your Heat Treater

Over the years we’ve learned of many success stories and even more failures with regard to the outcome of a heat treated tool or piece of steel.  The discussion following the failures is seldom calm and, hindsight being 20/20, most of the failures could have been avoided if the details were discussed during the early […]

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What Is Heat Treating?

What is heat treating?  Simply defined, it is the controlled heating and cooling of steel in order to enhance certain mechanical and physical properties.  We could go into a deep metallurgical explanation, but you would probably fall asleep, or get easily distracted by all the extra research you would do on tempered martensite or retained […]

By |July 14th, 2015|heat treating|Comments Off on What Is Heat Treating?

What Are Tool Steels?

HISTORY OF TOOL STEEL

TOOL STEEL HISTORY DATES BACK MORE THAN 1,000 YEARS, BEGINNING IN CHINA, DAMASCUS, AND JAPAN WITH THE FORGING OF SWORDS UTILIZING LAYERS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF STEELS, COMMONLY KNOWN TODAY AS “DAMASCUS”. MODERN TOOL STEEL DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION WAS AN OUTCROPPING OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION IN THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY, PRINCIPALLY IN […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Tool Steel|Comments Off on What Are Tool Steels?