From 9mm mild steel to aluminium we have experience in the design and manufacture of automotive dies for a variety of industries. We supply blank dies for in-line stand alone stamping operations supply both OEM’s and tier 1 suppliers.
For high volume automotive components progression dies are often used. With experience of a range of die sizes we regularly produce tools in excess of 3.5m. Designed with the aid of simulation software, we can ensure the costly development process is minimised. For examples of some of the tooling we have manufactured please see our projects page.
For medium to high volume levels, transfer systems are used to transfer the component between tooling on the production line. Most commonly seen in automotive body panels, we have experience in the design and manufacture of kits of dies expressly for this purpose. Using CNC machines we also have the ability to simulate the transfer system in conjunction with the kit of dies.
Single op tooling is commonly used for lower volume production associated with supercars or aftermarket replacement dies. Designed and simulated to the same standard as all high production tools, there are compromises that can be made in terms of coating of steels or die material due to the low volume requirement of production.
Pinch cut insulation tooling
We have experience in the reproduction, repair and manufacture of pinch cut insulation tools. These tools are typically heated using electrics or oilways which form the parts and then cut the component to the required shape. Material of the components is typically carpet and used on automotive interiors.
Super Plastic Forming
Used for low volume parts in supercar production typically for components made from aluminium. We have experience in delivering tooling for a variety of projects for automotive components. SPF typically includes the steps of heating a sheet of material to a point in which superplastic deformation is possible, clamping the material within a sealed die and then using gas pressure to force the material to stretch and take the shape of a forming surface located in the die cavity. Controlling the gas pressure during the forming process controls the deformation rate of the material and maintains superplasticity at the elevated temperature, reducing the number of dies required and increasing the complexity of the shape.