H13 Tool steel: serving Markforged Metal X
All the information about tool steel H13
H13 Tool Steel is the new material compatible with Metal X.
Since March 2018, 17-4PH stainless steel has been available to more than 150 Metal X customers worldwide.
What is H13 tool steel?
H13(info) is a tool steel for hot working. Its strength and hardness reach a higher working temperature than most tool steels. This material enables high strength and high temperature parts to be moulded. The data sheet provides a more detailed overview of mechanical properties, composition and tensile strength.
H13 tool steel printed in 3D is resistant to abrasion at low and high temperatures. This makes it an ideal material for parts such as injection moulds and extrusion moulds. It is an excellent choice for many other applications, such as metal forming tools, dies and punches for percussion and forming operations, or for any application where high temperature resistance or a hard wearing surface is required.
H13 can be heat treated up to about 50 HRC. Although not the toughest tool steel, it can withstand heat and thermal fatigue. It is often used in cases where the plastic or hot metal is molded and the mold must retain its shape while remaining liquid resistant.
What’s the next step?
The launch will begin earlier this year. Markforged also announced the launch of a variety of other metals – including A2 and D2 tool steel, 316L stainless steel, Inconel 625, copper and Ti-6Al-4V titanium in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.