Material Recommendations

The proper steel selection for this application depends primarily on powder type, required density of green compact and part geometry. Abrasive wear, cracking and chipping are the most critical failure mechanisms to consider.

Bohler-Uddeholm D2
High alloyed tool steel suitable for medium run tooling in applications where a good resistance to abrasive wear is generally needed. The 12-% chromium steel is the most common tool steel type used for cold work tooling.

Bohler K340 Isodur

A high alloyed tool steel suitable for medium run tooling where good resistance to abrasive wear, adhesive wear and chipping resistance is needed. The 8% Cr steel has the ability to be surface treated because of high temperature tempering with achieved hardness of 56-63HRC. K340 is a good alternative to AISI D2 which is chipping / cracking.

Uddeholm Caldie

A medium alloyed tool steel suitable for short and medium run tooling in applications where a very high chipping resistance and a hardness of 58-62HRC is needed. Caldie is suitable for surface treatments because of high temperature tempering. The property profile makes Caldie a robust cold work tool steel for heavy duty blanking and forming.

Uddeholm Vanadis 4 Extra SuperClean®

A high alloyed powder metallurgical tool steel suitable for long run tooling in applications with high demands on adhesive wear and chipping resistance. Vanadis 4 Extra SuperClean® is suitable for surface treatments because of high temperature tempering and is the best tool steel for long runs in applications with severe chipping problems. Vanadis 4 Extra is suitable for surface treatments because of high temperature tempering.

Uddeholm Vanadis 6 SuperClean®

A high alloyed powder metallurgical tool steel suitable for long run tooling in applications with high demands on mixed wear (abrasive/ adhesive) or where risk of plastic deformation of the working surface of the tool is encountered. Vanadis 6 is suitable for surface treatments because of high temperature tempering.

Uddeholm Vanadis 10 SuperClean®

A high alloyed powder metallurgical tool steel suitable for long run tooling in applications with high demands on mixed wear (abrasive/ adhesive) or where risk of plastic deformation of the working surface is encountered. Vanadis 6 is suitable for surface treatments because of high temperature tempering.

Uddeholm Vancron 40

A high alloyed powder metallurgical tool steel suitable for long run tooling in applications were adhesive wear and galling are the primary failure mechanism. Vancron 40 is developed to be used uncoated and is intended to replace surface treated tooling because of its excellent lubricity.