Tool Making

The term 'tool making' refers to the manufacture of the various tools used within certain production processes. Casting and moulding methods, as well as fabrication processes such as presswork and punching, all use bespoke tools to achieve the required component design. Depending on the function and design of the tool, a number of processes are used within their manufacture, although they are most commonly machined.

Tools can be made from a number of different materials such as carbon steel, aluminium, plastic or even wood, although tool steel is the most common material used. Tool steel is renowned for its resistance to wear, as well as its strength, which makes it an ideal material for tools that will be used to produce large volumes of parts.

  • The term 'tool making' refers to the manufacture of the various tools used within certain production processes.
  • Depending on the function and design of the tool, a number of processes are used within their manufacture, although they are most commonly machined.
  • Tools can be made from a number of different materials such as carbon steel, aluminium, plastic or even wood, although tool steel is the most common material used. 
  • The manufacture of tools is usually a specialist process undertaken by toolmakers, instead of general machining.
     

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