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Tooling

The tooling industry is responsible for the design and manufacture of various tools and molds used in manufacturing. The industry includes tool manufacturers for injection molding, die casting, forging, extrusion, and more. Tooling companies must produce high-quality, durable tools that can withstand high temperatures, pressures, and wear.

Why Powders?

Metal powders are used in tooling to produce molds, inserts and dies for a variety of applications. The use of metal powders in tooling allows for greater design flexibility, improved strength and durability, and reduced production time and costs. Powder metallurgy is often used in tooling to produce complex shapes and geometries that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with traditional manufacturing methods.


The metal powders produced by the ATO Lab Plus ultrasonic metal powder atomizers are highly desirable in the tooling industry due to their high quality and purity. ATO metal powders have a low oxygen content, excellent flowability, and a narrow particle size distribution, making them ideal for the production of high performance tools and molds. The ability to produce metal powders from a wide range of materials, including refractory and high-entropy metals, allows for greater design flexibility and the production of more durable and wear-resistant tools. 


The tooling industry uses a wide range of alloys, including tool steels, high speed steels, tungsten carbide and various metal matrix composites. Aluminum and titanium alloys are also used in some tooling applications for their light weight and corrosion resistance.

Examples of Metal powder applications
in Tooling industry

Cutting tools

Tungsten carbide and cobalt powders are commonly used to manufacture cutting tools such as drills, milling cutters, and saw blades.

Molds and dies

Tool steel powders such as H13 and D2 are commonly used to manufacture molds and dies for the injection molding and stamping industries.

Powder metallurgy tooling

Metal powders such as steel, tungsten carbide, and copper can be used to manufacture tooling for powder metallurgy processes.

EDM electrodes

Copper and graphite powders are used to manufacture electrodes for electrical discharge machining (EDM).

Industry tooling

Tungsten carbide and steel powders are used in the manufacture of tools for a wide variety of industries.

Diamond tools

Metal powders such as cobalt are used to make diamond tools, which are used to cut and shape hard materials such as ceramics, glass and stone.

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