Zapp Tooling Alloys has more than 3 decades of experience offering „Engineered Solutions“ to manufacturers that reduce downtime, increase productivity and, therefore, reduce part costs.

Our combined team has hundreds of years of experience in the distribution of high-performance tooling materials.  Zapp has developed the premier global supply chain to offer our customers the best value proposition in the business for „Engineered Solutions“.  Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels are manufactured to strict quality specifications. Our quality, when combined with renowned service levels, make Zapp the first choice for high performance tooling applications.

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Extend the life of your tool

Honing the craft of becoming a tool and die maker takes years of training and hard work.  Finding the optimum tool steel for your application shouldn’t.  Zapp’s Z-Series PM tool steels are designed to ease the process.  Z-Series PM steels are produced with advanced particle metallurgy technology that tightly controls the chemical composition resulting in high quality steels that are homogenous in their structure, easier to process and provide longer tool life.

Whether your specific application requires reduced chipping and/or cracking, increased wear resistance, additional compressive strength or any combination of mechanical properties, Zapp has the correct PM tool steel and the technical expertise to offer the „Engineered Solution“ to satisfy your tooling needs.

Z-Series PM Steel

NameCCrMoWVCoNbMnNiSiNRound barFlat barPlateData sheet
Z-10 PM 2.40 1.30 9.70 Download
Z-12Ultra PM 2.48 4.20 3.10 4.20 8.00 Download
Z-420 PM 2.30 14.00 1.00 9.00 Download
Z-9 PM 1.90 5.25 1.30 9.00 Download
Z-M4 PM 1.42 4.00 5.25 5.50 4.00 0.30 0.55 Download
Z-M48 PM 1.50 4.00 5.25 9.75 3.10 9.00 Download
Z-Max PM 2.00 4.00 5.00 10.00 5.00 9.00 Download
Z-T15 PM 1.60 4.00 12.00 4.75 5.00 Download
Z-Tuff PM 0.70 7.50 2.00 1.00 1.50 Download
Z-Wear PM 1.15 7.50 1.60 1.00 2.40 Download

Technical Information


  • Z-Tuff PM Overview (PDF)
  • Z12-Ultra PM Overview (PDF)
  • Blade Quality Knife Steels (PDF)
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