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A2: the universal Tool Steel for Metal X Markforged.

A2: the universal Tool Steel for Metal X Markforged.

May 30, 2019 in News, News, News

A2 is a universal tool steel commonly used for cold working. Markforged is the only global company that can supply you with this new material.

What is A2 tool steel?

A2 is a cold working tool steel forged with Metal X.
It is found in tooling and assembly applications as well as in stamping and mold making workshops because it has a hard, wear-resistant edge.

It is applied for a larger number of applications requiring hardness and wear resistance above H13.

Why use A2 tool steel?

The new material has some interesting characteristics. It is a material:

– of general use widely used

– with easy curing due to air cooling

– having a higher wear resistance and hardness than H13

Possible fields of application include the use of A2 to create cutting and forming tools for sheet metal manufacturing, end use (punches, dies, cold shears, shear blades, compression tools, minting, cold forming, knurling tools, mandrels). Also, this tool steel can be used to increase the wear resistance of jigs and fixtures, hybrid parts (wear parts).

This material can be used to create cutting and forming tools, as well as functional metal prototypes.

Some technical information.

Why use A2 on H13?

A2 has a higher hardness than H13 and works better for cold forming.

What is the hardness at the exit of the furnace?

The hardness of a printed solid metal part is 52 HRC.

What is the hardness of the heat treatment?

The hardness of a heat-treated solid metal part is 58 HRC.

Can we post-treat it?

Yes, Markforged recommends that you post-treat A2.

A2 tool steel can be heat treated to increase its hardness and durability. Markforged recommends heat treatment of A2 tool steel to optimize the properties of the material, although it can be used as is.

Why use Tool Steel?

The new material has some interesting characteristics. It is a material

– of general use widely used

– with easy curing due to air cooling

– having a higher wear resistance and hardness than H13

Possible fields of application include the use of A2 to create cutting and forming tools for sheet metal manufacturing, end use (punches, dies, cold shears, shear blades, compression tools, minting, cold forming, knurling tools, mandrels). Also, this tool steel can be used to increase the wear resistance of jigs and fixtures, hybrid parts (wear parts).

This material can be used to create cutting and forming tools, as well as functional metal prototypes.

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