Maraging-Steel Welding Electrodes Support a Host of Applications, Including Hot Stamping

January 1, 2015

Castolin EutecticCastolin Eutectic, based in Switzerland and with U.S. offices Menomonee Falls, WI, has introduced two new maraging-steel welding electrodes, EutecTrode XHD 6860 and 6855XHD. Noting that maraging steels were first developed in the 1960s as high-strength construction steels for aviation and space technology, their comparatively high toughness levels at maximum tensile strength also make them useful in the tool-and-die manufacturing industry.

Among the advantages of the EutecTrode XHD 6860 and 6855XHD welding electrodes: a smooth, regular weld surface requiring minimal machining; low-temperature ageing treatment that eliminates quenching defects and distortion; retention of aged hardness at high service temperatures; and good weldability without preheating.

Says Enrique Matey, business unit manager for welding consumables:

“EutecTrode 6860 XHD, originally intended for die casting aluminum, will find use for hot stamping, cold and semi-hot cutting tools and other applications.”

Material properties of XHD 6860: 40 HRC as-welded hardness, 60 HRC aged hardness.

Industry-Related Terms: Die, Electrodes, Quenching, Surface, Tensile Strength, Weldability
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See also: Eutectic Corporation

Technologies: Welding and Joining


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