Tool Steels

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SB Specialty Metals, LLC, headquartered in Dallas, Tex., has introduced a unique line of cost-competitive tool steels produced using the spray forming process. Users can choose the right tool steel at the right price for their applications.

The first product in this line to hit the market is PSB27 – available from 2-inch diameter to 10-inch diameter. PSB27 has properties that are between D2 and PMM4 with a price closer to that of the D2 grade. This creates a long-lasting tool with a lower total cost of ownership for the right application.

Spray forming is a method for producing premium particle metallurgy tool steel ingots. The ingots are then forged and rolled into round bars or plates. The spray forming process produces a structure that results in improved wear resistance, toughness and chip resistance compared to conventionally produced tool steels. In addition, spray formed tool steels have larger, spherical carbides than hot isostatic pressed powdered metal tool steels. This imparts improved wear resistance while still maintaining toughness.

SB Specialty Metals produces tool steels, high-speed steels and particle metallurgy steels.

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