Hot work tool steels are a group of low carbon steels, known as “H-steels”, used to mainly shape and form materials in manufacturing units that perform at high temperatures of 480 to 760°C (900 to 1400°F), including punching, forging and shearing.
The essential properties of Hot Work Tool Steels are:
- Maintaining their mechanical properties at high temperatures, up to 540°C (1000°F)
- High wear resistance and abrasion at high temperatures
- High thermal conductivity
Such properties are achieved adding alloy elements such as chromium, molybdenum, tungsten, vanadium, nickel and cobalt in varying amounts.
They are further sub-divided as follows:
- H1–H19: chromium content – 5%
- H20–H39: tungsten content – 9-18%; chromium content 3-4%
- H40–H59: molybdenum based
Hot Work Tool Steel Stock
A list of our Hot Work Tool Steels available for order is detailed in the table below, many of which we have in stock ready for immediate shipping… Our special steels supplier Doerrenberg has one of the largest warehouses for tool steel in Europe, sited across 5 locations in Germany and due to their state-of-the-art milling centre, can offer bars sawn to length or pre-machined plates and blocks in a very short time.
Hot Work Tool Steel Applications:
- Pressure die casting
- Drop forging
- Glass & tube manufacturing
- Tools for plastics industry
We are always happy to help and advise with your specification for your required application. Our exclusive UK agency association with Doerrenberg, Germany, means that we can offer you the resources of the largest special steel foundry in Germany.