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Definition of Dies & Tooling

A die is a specialized tool used by manufacturers to cut, shape and form a wide variety of products and components. Like molds and templates, dies are generally customized and uniquely matched to the products they are used to create. Products made with dies range from simple paper clips to complex pieces used in advanced technology.

Die operations are often named after the specific type of die that performs the operation. For example, a bending operation is performed by a bending die. Operations are not limited to one specific die as some dies incorporate multiple operation types.

Die components:
  • Die block
  • Punch plate
  • Blank punch
  • Pierce punch
  • Stripper plate
  • Pilot
  • Dowel pin
  • Back gage
  • Finger stops
Examples of products created by forming dies:
  • Metal spoons, forks, and knives
  • Aluminum cans
  • Car fenders, bumpers, doors, hoods, pistons, rods and frames
  • Clothing zippers and buttons
Learn about Plouse capabilities: Dies and Tooling.
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