Material Recommendations

Bohler-Uddeholm A2
Medium alloyed tool steel with a good resistance to both the abrasive and adhesive types of wear as well as good resistance to cracking. This combination makes Bohler-Uddeholm A2 an all purpose tool steel for medium run cold work applications.

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-Uddeholm O1
Low alloyed, all-purpose cold work tool steel tool steel with very good machinability. It is suitable for short run tooling for a wide variety of cold work applications. As this is an oil-hardening grade it should only be used for smaller tools (wall thickness less than 50 mm).

Bohler-Uddeholm S7MQ
Medium alloyed tool steel suitable for short and medium run tooling in applications where a very high chipping resistance is needed. The property profile makes Bohler-Uddeholm S7MQ a robust cold work tool steel for heavy duty blanking and forming.

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 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.