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Tool and Die Making as a Manufacturing Craft

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Tool and Die Making as a Manufacturing Craft

Tool and die making can be considered as a booming factor that makes the manufacturing industry at its best these days. This kind of craft is not only characterized by the creation of tools and dies but also fixtures, gauges, jigs and molds. There are different tools that are worked for when it comes to tool and die making including cutting tools and machine tools. Not to mention, tool and die making also makes some sense with other tools that are utilized in processes involved in manufacturing.

An interesting thing about tool and die making is the names associated to the people behind this craft. A person who works on tool and die making may be called by a variety of names depending on the area of specialization he particularly works in. One who works in tool making is basically called tool maker. A person who earns a living by means of fitting tools is called tool fitter. One who makes mold is simply referred to as mold maker. Lastly, one who specializes on making dies is known as die maker. There are other monikers on this field of manufacturing but it all boils down to the effectiveness of all of these people behind the creation of the matters necessary for most metalworking operations.

More than just the name, the techniques used by the people behind tool and die making varies from the traditional use of machine tools that are controlled manually to the designs that are aided by computer. The performance of the operations needed for tool and die making is best executed with the appropriate technique for the particular task.

The tool and die shop of Williamsburg Metal is something that can be taken advantage of to the fullest extent. It includes the use of three lathes to 28-inch swing, bandsaws (both horizontal and vertical), drilling presses, tapping presses, EDM capabilities, Bridgeport milling machines, and surface grinders. All of these are very important when it comes to tool and die making. More and more industries are being interested on the craft of tool and die making, that is why Williamsburg Metal is always on the go for the maintenance of high standard and quality manufacturing operations that the industries are after.

Just like any other crafts, both tool and die making are more often than not learned through a mishmash of hands-on activities and extensive learning. It goes to show how important it is to have only the skilled craftsmen; however each one may be called, for the operation of a business that supplies processes like metal stamping and spinning to a vast array of industries. Not only is Williamsburg Metal proud of the stocks of metal stamping, metal forming, and metal spinning apart from tool and die making, it is also confident about the people behind every operation that is needed for any assigned project to work on. More than everything else, the reliability of Williamsburg Metal, and the technologies it uses are what several industries benefits from.

What You Need to Know About Spin Forming

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

What You Need to Know About Spin Forming

There are several processes that are associated to sheet metal forming. One of the most common processes is called spin forming, or simply spinning. Usually, this process is executed in order to create cylindrical metal parts. Spinning is characterized by the rotation of a piece of sheet metal while there is an affecting force to its side. While at high speeds, the rotation of the sheet metal disc utilizes the pressing against the mandrel that is used in order to create whatever the desired shape of the part is. The most typical shapes of the spun metal parts are cone, cylinder, and hemisphere as apparent to many tools and equipment that demonstrate rotational symmetry.

Apart from manual operation when it comes to spin forming, CNC lathe is another operation. It needs a disc-shaped piece of metal that is turned into a part called blank, which is ready to be machined, pressed, or drawn into a resulting object. It also needs a bar called mandrel which end is slotted into a workpiece in order to seize it while the machining is ongoing. Simply put, the blank is pressed against the mandrel. Lastly, a roller tool is utilized in order for the sheet to be formed around the mandrel and for the sheet to be bent. It takes a lot of passes for the roller tool to accomplish its function. The rollers are normally made from brass or steel. There are several thicknesses and diameters of rollers.

Depending on the preference, two distinctive spinning methods can be used to carry out spin forming. One is known as conventional spinning in which there is a pushing between the roller tool and the blank until it takes the outline of the mandrel. Evidently, the finished part that underwent spinning will have a smaller diameter as compared to that of the blank. However, the thickness of the spun part will remain as is.  The other method is known as shear spinning which is somehow the opposite technique. With the use of shear spinning, the material is stretched over the mandrel. The stretching is caused by the downward force that is applied while the bending of the roller to the blank against the bar is transpiring. Unlike with conventional spinning, the spun part has a constant diameter, but there will be thinner walls for the part.

Several processes are operated by Williamsburg Metal. Spin forming is just of the processes that are done thoroughly in order to come up with the best result. While taking into account the desire of the client, Williamsburg Metal works only for what is effective for the project. This is something that anyone can take advantage of especially in times of the need for metal stamping and metal spinning.

Williamsburg Metal supplies processes like metal stamping and spinning to a vast array of industries. Above and beyond, it specializes in deep draw metal stamping. When it comes to secondary operations, Williamsburg Metal is totally equipped on performing what needs to be performed.


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