Our highly skilled designers and die makers produce tooling solutions proven to reduce unnecessary downtime, giving our customers an increased return on investment. By integrating advanced technology throughout the process—from engineering to machining and assembly on the shop floor—we provide our customers cost-effective and reliable tooling for even the most complex parts. We have extensive knowledge designing and building very complex dies which may include features like auto fed nut/stud insertions, draws, extrusions, coining, trimming, and flanging, etc.
Digital Tool & Die’s engineering team leads the tooling industry with experience of progressive dies, transfer dies, line dies, draw dies, specialty machinery, weld fixtures, and custom dies. We combine design and simulation software to validate the forming processes prior to construction. By integrating advanced technology throughout the design process we can achieve cost-effective and reliable tooling for even the most difficult tools and parts. Our high standards require designs to have extensive internal reviews, ensuring we are compliant with our standards as well as customer-supplied build standards.
The tooling industry has experienced major productivity increases in recent years through time and cost improvements. Manufacturers and their suppliers are under pressure to increase the reliability of stamping tools in order to achieve efficient and consistent production. They are focused on the development of the best product designs and optimization of a robust stamping process and tool design.
Simulation identifies complex forming problems during the early phase of tooling development, thus reducing the number of press tryouts and total lead-time in the tooling process. Our team works closely with the customer through the simulation process, utilizing the surrounding environment to perfect CAD models and eliminate failure.
Some of the benefits and innovative features a simulation performed by Digital Tool & Die provides:
- Evaluation of material thinning and compression
- Splitting and compression cracking prediction
- Accurate spring back simulation and surface compensation
Our knowledge of transfer system requirements ensures a smooth transition in our customers’ press prior to the start of production. We utilize the latest simulation, scan equipment, and internal laser/waterjet capabilities to expedite build and try-out. For a list of presses, please refer to our equipment list for a full review of our try-out capabilities.
Mechanical Transfer: coil or blank fed automatically and utilize a mechanical transfer system to advance the material through each stage of operation until the part exits the tool.
In-Die Transfer Systems: motion controlled-using mechanical drivers incorporated into the tool or pneumatic controlled valves and solenoids driven from the logic of the press controller.
Digital Tool & Die adheres to high-quality standards placing inserts into the design as a cost-saving replacement option and also provides efficient tool adjustability and maintenance. Tool makers apply best business practices when assembling dies with proper fitments and clearances to ensure tool performance yields higher than expected results for customers.
We apply advanced coating protection when extreme wear conditions are present during wiping, drawing, extruding, etc.
We utilize the latest simulation, scan equipment, and internal laser/waterjet capabilities to expedite build and try-out. For a list of presses, please refer to our equipment list for a full review of our try-out capabilities.
Our team’s capabilities extend into other areas of tooling expertise. We work closely with many customers that require a specific application or process to meet their needs.
Other types of tooling we can provide:
- Stand-alone hydraulic pierce and form cells
- Complex multistage auto transfer hydraulic tooling cells for automated post-processing of extruded aluminum and welded tube sections
- Line dies for cutting, piercing, bending, or installing fasteners
- Pre-pierce, mid-pierce, and cut-off shears for the roll form industry
- Custom fabricated weldments
- Assembly tooling
We also offer custom machining and other services:
- Contract machining and productions
- Finished die components and spare tooling
- CMM part layout and measuring services
- 3D scanning
- Reverse engineering of tools and components
- Waterjet cutting of various materials
- Laser cutting
- Press rental for tryout and short-run production support
- Tool repair and maintenance
- Engineering changes-domestic and LCC
- LCC kit dies and details
- Fabricating services
- Simulation and FLD
- Tool maker support
Quality Control Testing
Digital Tool & Die is capable of:
- Part layouts
- Capability studies
- Gage R and gage PR
- Reverse engineering (with STL files)
- Color maps
- Dimensional reports
- Trim line development