Die Design Fundamentals, 3rd Edition

Chapter 1: Introduction to Die Design

OVERVIEW

Die design, a large division of tool engineering, is a complex, fascinating subject. It is one of the most exacting of all the areas of the general field of tool designing.

How then shall we enter into the study of die design? Obviously, we shall have to begin cautiously, learning each principle thoroughly before proceeding to the next one. Otherwise it is quite likely that we should soon become hopelessly involved in the complexities of the subject and in the bewildering number and variety of principles that must be understood. What, then, is a die?

The word "die" is a very general one and it may be well to define its meaning as it will be used in this text. It is used in two distinct ways. When employed in a general sense, it means an entire press tool with all components taken together. When used in a more limited manner, it refers to that component which is machined to receive the blank, as differentiated from the component called the "punch," which is its opposite member. The distinction will become clear as we proceed with the study.

The die designer originates designs of dies used to stamp and form parts from sheet metal, assemble parts together, and perform a variety of other operations.

In this introduction you will learn basic meanings and the names of various die components; then, operations that are performed in dies will be listed and illustrated. In other sections of the book, the design of...

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