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How Are Dies Made?

Fire in the Furnace and Open Die Forging

You’ve probably read about open or closed die casting in several articles, but do you know how dies are made? A die is a customized machine tool used by manufacturing industries to cut and/or form the material into a specific shape or profile. Dies, like molds, are usually tailored to the item they’re intended to make.   

rolls of seamless rolled ring forgings

Production and Usage of Dies    

How They’re Made    

Die-cut products range from basic paper clips to complicated parts utilized in high-tech applications. Continuous-feed laser cutting has the potential to replace similar die-based processes in a variety of industries, including the automotive industry.    

Die casting and injection molding were developed in the 20th century, resulting in a necessity for another type of tooling: dies for die casting and plastic molding. Numerous tool and die shops have taken over the production of these productions. These shops and industries produce dies by using the science behind pressworking dies.   

The press forces the substances — composites, metals, or plastics — into the die’s cavity, thus producing a new component in the same shape and size as the die. Drawing dies (used in the fabrication of wire) and casting dies (used in molding) are not utilized with a press, whereas stamping dies are.   

How They’re Used    

It is used to create parts that are both simple and complex, such as discs, sleeves, rings, cylinders, shafts, and more. One of the most significant benefits of this type of forging is the repeated working of the metal increases the strength and grain structure of the finished product. It also increases the product’s fatigue resistance and reduction in voids.  

  Automotive Part Created Through Open Die Forging

Know More About Open Die Forging    

If you want to know more about forging, whether it’s open die or closed die forging, you’ve come to the right place. Get a hold of our customer agents and we’ll gladly answer the questions you have in mind.