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Designing and Building Metal Stamping Dies Seminar

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Detroit, MI

SOLD OUT - Experience this intense two-day seminar with presentations by industry experts covering topics such as press line capacity on die design, material properties and specifications, tool steel properties and performance, building dies with maintenance in mind and much more.

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Topics Covered

The Influence of Press Line Capacity on Die Design
• Calculating force and energy requirements
• Flywheel-drives vs. servo-drive technologies
• Selecting the proper press line
• Managing off-center loads
• Managing reserve loads
• Getting the coil flat

Understanding Material Properties and Specifications
• Stress and strain
• Yield strength and tensile strength
• Uniform and total elongation
• Material parameters n, m and r
• Sources of process variation

The Influence of Material Properties on Die Design
• Basic forming modes: bending, stretching and drawing
• What happens when steels get stronger
• Stamping stainless steels
• Stamping aluminum alloys
• Stamping other nonferrous materials
• The effects of sheet metal thickness

Processing Progressive Dies
• Overview of process planning
• Guidelines for processing strip layouts
• Determining tool and equipment type
• Processing scrap removal
• Material and blank-size requirements

Processing Transfer Dies
• Overview of process planning
• Cost analysis (progressive vs. transfer)
• Determining tool and equipment type
• Design considerations for transfer applications
• Material and blank-size requirements

Bending, Flanging and Forming Operations
• Bending and wiping dies
• Rotary forming
• Forming shrink flanges and stretch flanges
• Forming curls
• Flanged holes and hole extrusions

Cutting and Punching Operations
• Commonly used tooling terminology
• Slug control (jamming and pulling concerns)
• Formulas on how to optimize pierce or shaving operations
• Recommendations for punch and die sharpening and maintenance

Tool Steel Selection, Heat Treatment and Coatings
• Tool steel selection for cutting and forming
• Heat treating fundamentals
• Addressing tool wear and failure
• Surface treating options
• Relating tool steel properties to coating performance (wear)

Deep Draw Design Considerations
• Deep drawing fundamentals
• Deep drawing in progressive dies
• Deep drawing irregular shapes
• How draw beads work
• Controlling springback

Sensors for Progressive Dies
• Sensor selection
• Sensor placement
• Mounting and wiring

Corey Chamberlain, Co-Owner, 3-D Solutions Design Service, LLC
Jim Finnerty, Product Manager, Wintriss Controls Group, LLC
Bob Gunst, President, Jacar Systems
Art Hedrick, Owner, Dieology
Patricia Miller, Director New Market Application Dev., voestalpine High Performance Metals
Peter Ulintz, Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association


Tuesday, August 13, 2019
7:30 a.m.      Breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Presentations
12:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.      Presentations
4:30 p.m.      Adjourn
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Reception

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
7:30 a.m.      Breakfast
8:00 a.m.      Presentations
12:00 p.m.    Lunch
1:00 p.m.      Presentations
4:00 p.m.      Adjourn

Note: Breakfast, lunch and reception are included with your registration.


Detroit Metro Airport Marriott
30559 Flynn Dr.
Romulus, MI 48174

Reserve your room online or call the Marriott reservation line at 800-228-9290 or 734-729-7555 and reference PMA Seminar to receive the special rate of $139 plus tax. PMA rate is available through July 27, 2019. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle to and from the Detroit Metro Airport and offers free self-parking and internet in guest rooms.


Register early by July 27, 2019 and save $100!
$499 PMA members
$699 Nonmembers

After July 27, 2019
$599 PMA members
$799 Nonmembers

Note: Breakfast, lunch and reception are included with your registration.

For more information or to register by phone, please contact Marianne Sichi at 216-901-8800 ext. 150.