Powder metallurgy tool steels are high alloy steels (HATS) that use metal powders and high temperature isostatic pressing (HIP) to make higher performance materials, where a long tool life is critical. The products have a fine, uniform structure with no segregation and therefore provide the greatest possible combination of hardness and toughness. Powder metallurgy uses “gas atomization” where a stream of liquid steel is passed through nitrogen sprays that instantly solidify the steel into a fine powder. That powder is then pressed into a canister at high pressure and temperature to create a solid ingot that can then be processed normally
A list of our Powder Metallurgy 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 Dörrenberg 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.
Typical Applications include:
- Machining Tools – milling cutters, drills or broaches
- Milling Cutters
- Cutting, stamping, deep drawing dies
- Cold-work tools for cutting, stamping or deep-drawing dies.
We are always happy to help and advise with your specification for your required application. Our exclusive UK agency association with Dörrenberg, Germany, means that we can offer you the resources of the largest special steel foundry in Germany.