- Metal Stamping: Die sets are frequently used in metal stamping processes to cut or form sheet metal into desired shapes. This is common in the production of automotive parts, appliances, and various metal components.
- Punching and Blanking: Dies within the set may be designed for punching holes or blanking out shapes from sheet metal. This is common in the creation of components with specific geometries.
- Embossing and Coining: Some die sets include dies for embossing or coining processes. Embossing creates raised patterns or designs on a material, while coining is a precision forming process often used for creating coins or medallions.
- Forming Operations: Die sets can be used for forming operations where the material is shaped without material removal. This is common in processes such as deep drawing, where a sheet metal blank is formed into a three-dimensional shape.
- Bending and Folding: Dies for bending or folding operations are used to create bends or folds in sheet metal, commonly employed in the manufacturing of brackets, enclosures, and other components.
- Extrusion: Some die sets may be designed for extrusion processes, where a material is forced through a die to create a specific cross-sectional shape. This is often used in the production of certain types of metal or plastic profiles.
- Cutting Operations: Dies in the set may include cutting edges for shearing or trimming materials to specific dimensions. This is common in processes such as cutting gaskets, seals, or other intricate shapes.
- Progressive Die Stamping: In some cases, die sets are designed as progressive dies, allowing for multiple operations to be performed in a sequential and automated manner. This is efficient for high-volume production.