The tool and die industry is a specialized group of manufacturers that produce tooling components for other industries. They serve many manufacturing industries such as metal stamping, roll forming, plastic molding, vinyl extrusion, cold and hot heading, forging, powder metal compaction and metal injection molding.
tool designs and manufacturing methods for these industries can be very
different from one another. Tool and die manufacturers are very versatile and
serve many industries, but most tend to specialize in serving one or two specific
and die makers use lathes, mills, grinders, EDMs, CNC machining centers and
various polishing and inspection equipment to produce tools to very close
tolerances, as close as .0005”. A very complex set of tools may require up to
100 hours to complete, and employ the use of many toolmakers through the
manufacturing process. Toolmakers produce tools with very intricate shapes and
must fit closely together in order to produce the correct part shape and size
during the production process.
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