6UDPlus - Premium Performance & Efficiency

Grade 6UDPlus die blank for wet drawing

Hyperion Code: 6UDPlus

Wire Material: Steel cord fine wires

Description: Ultrafine cemented carbide drawing nibs (blanks).

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Hyperion Materials & Technologies continues to develop new products for the wire drawing industry and is proud to introduce a new innovative grade, 6UDPlus.

6UDPlus is a high-performance carbide grade developed for drawing steel cord fine wires. The unique formulation combines an ultrafine cemented carbide with special additives to maximize corrosion resistance and hardness without compromising toughness, providing the wire drawing die with magnificent wear resistance.

This premium wire drawing grade developed and patented by Hyperion Materials & Technologies is top-of-the-market-quality. Dies manufactured of grade 6UDPlus provide optimal performance when producing saw, tire cord, welding, and ultra-tensile wires. Designed for more demanding applications with more substantial efficiency and longevity, dies made of grade 6UDPlus allow machines to run longer batches of wire and perform efficiently by delivering considerably less die consumption than most wet drawing grades.

Compare our reference examples of 6% Ultrafine Grades and 3% Extra Fine Grades vs. 6UDPlus:


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Reduce Your Total Cost of Ownership with Grade 6UDPlus

Significant operational savings can be made by upgrading your tool to grade 6UDPlus. This advanced carbide grade provides four primary benefits to the consumer:

  • More stability on the drawing line
  • Improved machine uptime
  • Networking capital reduction
  • Superior tool performance.


All these benefits and savings significantly reduce your total cost of ownership (TCO), maximizing the value of your tool in the long term. In addition, all of these benefits result in a more environmentally sustainable solution.


Advanced Carbide Grade

Incremental Die Life

Decreased Die Consumption


Drawing Stability

More Stable Drawing Quality

Less Wire Scrap

Reduced Tolling or Wire Die Breakages


More Machine Uptime

Longer Wire Batch Production

Production Flex to New Orders

Less Energy Consumption of the Machine


Net Working Capital

Fewer Re-cuts

Lower Die Inventory Required

Better Machine Utilization


With repeatable and consistent performance, dies of grade 6UDPlus can be the superior option for wet drawing steel cord wire.

Contact your local Hyperion sales representative to learn more about the benefits of grade 6UDPlus die blanks.



  1. What die geometries are available in grade 6UDPlus? Is there any limitation to the sizes?
    Die blanks made of grade 6UDPlus are available in various standard geometries such as ISO, JIS, and DIN or tailor-made to your design. However, despite no size limitation, Hyperion recommends using grade 6UDPlus in die blanks with bore sizes below 3 mm for the wet drawing process only.

  2. For which applications is grade 6UDPlus exhibiting the best drawing performance?
    Grade 6UDPlus has been developed for wet drawing steel cord fine wires. Some examples of proven applications are saw wire, tire cord, welding wire, and ultra-tensile wires.

  3. Are there significant changes to the die finishing process required when using grade 6UDPlus vs. conventional carbide grades?
    As a cemented carbide grade, wire drawing blanks and dies made of grade 6UDPlus can be finished with the same process parameters as conventional carbides. Toolmakers can use the same diamond compounds and machinery used for conventional carbide grades.

  4. Can I mix dies of grade 6UDPlus with those of conventional carbide grades in a wet drawing line?
    After the first drawing dies of grade 6UDPlus, it is not recommended to introduce any softer material. Grade 6UDPlus has a superior hardness compared to any conventional 6% cobalt ultrafine grade or 3% cobalt extra fine grade. Dies of softer carbide grades will oversize faster than 6UDPlus dies, leading to an unstable drawing process. For consistent and superior drawing stability, all drawing dies should have the same carbide grade.