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Three principles that need to be met for mold material selection

Three principles that need to be met for mold material selection

Mold material selection is a very important link in the entire mold making process.

Mold material selection needs to meet three principles:

  • The mold meets the work requirements of wear resistance, strength and toughness;
  • The mold meets the process requirements;
  • At the same time, the mold should meet the requirements of economic applicability.

The mold meets the requirements of working conditions

1.Abrasion resistance

When the blank is plastically deformed in the mold cavity, it flows and slides along the surface of the cavity, causing violent friction between the surface of the cavity and the blank, which causes the mold to fail due to wear. Therefore, the wear resistance of the material is one of the most basic and important properties of the mold.

Hardness is the main factor affecting wear resistance. In general, the higher the hardness of the mold parts, the smaller the amount of wear and the better the wear resistance. In addition, wear resistance is also related to the type, quantity, shape, size and distribution of carbides in the material.


The working conditions of the molds are mostly very bad, and some of them are often subjected to large impact loads, which leads to brittle fracture. In order to prevent sudden brittle fracture of mold parts during work, the mold must have high strength and toughness. The toughness of the mold mainly depends on the carbon content, grain size and organization state of the material.

3.Fatigue fracture performance

In the process of mold work, under the long-term action of cyclic stress, fatigue fracture is often caused. Its forms are: low energy multiple impact fatigue fracture, tensile fatigue fracture, contact fatigue fracture and bending fatigue fracture.

The fatigue fracture performance of the mold mainly depends on its strength, toughness, hardness, and the content of inclusions in the material.

4.High temperature performance

When the working temperature of the mold is high, the hardness and strength will decrease, leading to early wear of the mold, or plastic deformation and failure. Therefore, the mold material should have high tempering stability to ensure that the mold is at the working temperature. , Has high hardness and strength.

5.Resistance to cold and heat fatigue

Some molds are in a state of repeated heating and cooling during the working process, which causes the surface of the cavity to be stretched and pressure to change stress, causing surface cracks and peeling, increasing friction, hindering plastic deformation, and reducing dimensional accuracy. Cause mold failure.

Heat and cold fatigue is one of the main forms of failure of hot work molds. This type of mold should have high resistance to cold and heat fatigue.

6.Corrosion resistance

When some molds, such as plastic molds, are in operation, due to the presence of chlorine and fluorine in the plastic, strong corrosive gases will be resolved after being heated, which will erode the surface of the mold cavity, increase its surface roughness, and aggravate wear failure.

The mold meets the process performance requirements

The manufacturing of molds generally involves several processes such as forging, cutting, and heat treatment.

In order to ensure the manufacturing quality of the mold and reduce the production cost, the material should have good forgeability, machinability, hardenability, hardenability and grindability; it should also have small oxidation, decarburization sensitivity and quenching Deformation and cracking tendency.


It has low hot forging deformation resistance, good plasticity, wide forging temperature range, low tendency of forging cracking and cold cracking and precipitation of networked carbides.

2.Annealing processability

The spheroidizing annealing temperature range is wide, the annealing hardness is low, the fluctuation range is small, and the spheroidizing rate is high.


The cutting amount is large, the tool loss is low, and the machined surface roughness is low.

4.Sensitivity to oxidation and decarburization

When heated at high temperature, it has good oxidation resistance, slow decarburization speed, insensitive to heating medium, and little tendency to produce pitting.


After quenching, it has uniform and high surface hardness.


After quenching, a deeper hardened layer can be obtained, and it can be hardened by using a mild quenching medium.

7.Tendency of quenching deformation and cracking

Conventional quenching has small volume change, shape warping, slight distortion, and low tendency of abnormal deformation. Conventional quenching has low sensitivity to cracking, and is insensitive to quenching temperature and workpiece shape.


The grinding wheel has low relative wear, no burns, large limit grinding consumption, insensitive to the quality of the grinding wheel and cooling conditions, and is not prone to abrasion and grinding cracks.

Mould meets economic requirements

When selecting materials for molds, the principle of economy must be considered to reduce manufacturing costs as much as possible. Therefore, under the premise of satisfying the performance, the first choice is the lower price, carbon steel can be used without alloy steel, and domestic materials can be used without imported materials. In addition, when selecting materials, the production and supply of the market should also be considered. The selected steel grades should be as few and concentrated as possible, and easy to buy.