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Cold Forming Die

Cold Forming Die

Cold Forming Die (Cold Heading Dies) Tungsten Carbide Cold Forming Dies Cold forming, or cold heading, starts with a cold metal slug placed into a die that is hit with a heavy strike to shape it into its desired form. The force from the strike causes the metal to flow into the desired shape inside the carbide die by exceeding the metal’s yield strength. Modern cold forming is commonly used for rapidly forming metal parts such as screws, bolts and many other fasteners.

Draw Ding Die

Carbide Drawing Die

Carbide Drawing Dies (Draw Dies) Drawing dies are typically used to shape wire, rod, bar, and tube. Commonly drawn materials include steel, aluminum, and copper. Tungsten carbide has a high compressive strength allowing it to handle extreme pressure; this makes the material ideal for use in drawing dies. Most major manufacturers use carbide dies in the drawing process. Drawn materials include mild steel, stainless steel and high carbon steel as well as other steel alloys. Softer materials, like aluminum and copper alloys, are frequently drawn as well.

The wire drawing process involves drawing wire through a die to reduce the diameter of the wire to the desired size and tolerance, while the volume remains the same. Wires are sized by drawing them through a series of drawing dies, with each die having slightly smaller bore diameter than the one preceding it to gradually reduce the width of the wire. The final die in the series forms the wire to its target size. Tube, or pipe, drawing dies are commonly round, hex or square, but can be made into any shape desired by the manufacturer. The process of drawing tubing is similar to the wire drawing process; however, a mandrel is used to form the inner dimensions of the tubing. The mandrel is inside the tube, or pipe, and situated inside the die. As the tube is drawn through the die it is being shaped on the inside by the mandrel, which establishes the wall thickness and inner diameter. A properly formed mandrel will provide for a smooth surface on the inside of the tube or pipe. Bars and rods are drawn in a similar fashion to wire; only they tend to be much thicker. A wide variety of metals are used in this application, including many steel and copper alloys. A cut-off knife is used to size the rods and bars to length.

Carbide Extrusion Die

Extrusion Die

Extrusion Dies Extrusion dies are typically used in a process where a slug is pushed through the die, forming the desired cross sectional area. A mandrel is used in the process if the application is for tubing, or pipes. Extrusion can be performed on a wide variety of materials and at various temperatures to obtain the desired properties of the extruded product. Materials that can be formed with extrusion dies include steel, copper, aluminum, tin, lead, nickel and even plastic. Products formed through extrusion operations include pipe, wire, rods, bars, tubes, and welding electrodes.

Carbide Shaving Dies Shaving dies are typically used to remove surface defects that are produced during the drawing process. The shaving process can be used on steel alloys, aluminum alloys, and copper alloys. Carbide Swaging Dies Swaging dies are generally used in a manufacturing process called rotary swaging. The rotary swaging process is usually a cold working process, used to reduce the diameter, add a taper, or make a point to a round work piece. It can also provide internal shapes in hollow work pieces with the help of a mandrel.

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Carbide Dies

Carbide Dies 

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Carbide Dies

Carbide Dies

Tungsten demand is sensitive to the economic conditions of the world due to its heavy end use applications in machinery and steel. Over the past year, tungsten prices have reflected a Chinese economy that is slowing. In 2012, tungsten is estimated to have contracted. The rapid increase of price in 2011 cause many consumers to build inventories of tungsten. APT prices averaged $318/mtu in December 2012, according to Metal Pages, which is the lowest level since December 2010. CPM Group expects tungsten demand to continue to grow supported by China’s economic conditions, although at a slower pace than previous years.
Approximately eighty-five percent of tungsten produced globally is produced in China. As part of China’s long-term plans for economic development, mining policies have been introduced over the years. Although the Chinese government has attempted to make the market more transparent, the market remains obscure. A shift in Chinese tariff or export policies could restructure the market in the future.
Both Chinese and non-Chinese producers are expected to come on-stream in the next few years creating a healthy outlook to the tungsten market. Projects in Vietnam, South Korea and Britain will create additional supply and could keep a cap on the tungsten prices. Tungsten’s unique physical properties and lack of worthwhile substitutes should help support demand, as well as prices, despite the growth in supply.

The web provides a variety of sites that can help anyone interested in carbide dies. From online forums to informational websites, just about anything about carbide dies, cold heading and cold forming can be found online. Do you need to know what carbide is exactly or what the best chemical composition is for your application? What ever the question there is a link below with the answers!

What are carbide dies?
What is a carbide die?
What is are extrusion dies and what are they used for?
What about draw dies?

What is Carbide anyway?
Carbide chemistry, a compound or something?
How does Carbide die manufacturing work?

Where can I talk to some people that know about carbide dies, extrusion and machining in general?
practical machinists, a machinists forum
Carbide Dies Blog
Good luck with your carbide related endeavors!