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The Tooling Process at Artec Engineering and Metal Spinners

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15.08.2023 | Company News

Artec Engineering and Metal spinners manufacture a variety of metal spinning’s across a range of different industries. The parts we manufacture can vary from a 1200 dia. hemisphere to 60mm dome caps.

One thing that sets Artec apart from other spinning companies is our ability to manufacture the tooling in house. This helps to reduce the lead time and also offers the flexibility to make any alterations to the tooling if required.

The tooling process is a vital part of the metal spinning process, as this tool is used to from the required part being spun. 

From receiving your enquiry, we look at several aspects of the part being produced. We look at the dimensions of the part, the material spec and the quantities being produced. All of these factors will determine the type of material used to manufacture the tool for the required spinning being produced.

The two main types of material we use are D2 tooling steel and S275.

To start the tooling process, we will begin with a S275 or D2 billet dependent on the manufacturing requirement of the part. This billet is then machined in house by one of our expert tool makers to the required dimensions.

At Artec Engineering and Metal Spinners, we have the capabilities to manufacture all of our tooling in house and are in complete control of the process to ensure our high standards are maintained.

Billet on the lathe ready for machining

One of our expert tool makers machines the material to gradually form the shape and dimensions specified on the drawing.

Billet in the process of being machined

During the machining process, the form is continually checked against the drawing by our expert tool makers.

All waste material from this process is then sorted and deposited in the correct storage container to be recycled.

Tooling starting to form the required shape

Once the tooling has been completely machined, one of expert metal spinners will then prove the tool by spinning a sample blank to ensure that the dimensions and finish are correct.

When working with D2 tooling, the finished tooling will then be sent to be heat treated to retain its longevity.

The finished tooling is given a unique identification and stored for future orders.

If you would like to discuss your next project then please do not hesitate to contact Artec Engineering and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

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