Technical Programming


Designing and Building Metal Stamping Dies

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Grand Rapids, MI


Two Days You Won’t Want to Miss!
Experience this intense two-day seminar with presentations by multiple industry experts covering topics such as die planning, quoting and sourcing, tool steel properties and performance, press capacity, building dies with maintenance in mind and much more.

Day 1 Topics

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 sheetmetal thickness

Processing the Part

  • Overview of process planning
  • Guidelines for processing stampings
  • Determining tool and equipment type
  • Processing scrap removal
  • 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

Day 2 Topics

Cutting and Punching the Part

  • 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 and Heat Treatment

  • Tool-steel selection for cutting and forming
  • Heat treating fundamentals

Deep Draw Tooling and Design Principles

  • Deep-drawing fundamentals
  • Deep drawing in progressive dies
  • Deep drawing irregular shapes
  • How draw beads work
  • Controlling springback

Tool Steel Coating Selection

  • Addressing tool wear and failure
  • Surface treating options
  • Relating tool steel properties to coating performance (wear)

Peter Ulintz, Technical Director, Precision Metalforming Association
Brad Rine, Senior Manager, Die Cad Group
Nick Tarkany, Applications Specialist, Metalforming Solutions, LLC
Michael White, Territory Account Manager, Oerlikon Balzers Coating USA, Inc.



Tuesday, September 12

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
Bonus The West Michigan District is holding their Suppliers Night at this hotel.
Stop in after the seminar on 9/12 and visit exhibits, enjoy food, drinks and networking!

Wednesday, September 13

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



Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids 
5700 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Please call the hotel to make your reservation. Reference Precision Metalforming Association to receive the room block rate of $99 per night plus tax. This rate is available through August 21, 2017. Reservations made after this date are subject to availability at the hotel’s prevailing rates.

Hotel offers complimentary internet in guest rooms, self-parking and shuttle service to and from the Gerald R. Ford Airport.



$599 PMA member
$799 Nonmember
Registration includes breakfast, lunch and reception.

For more information, please contact Marianne Sichi at 216-901-8800 ext. 150.