Tooling Design

The first step in our design process is product assessment. Our engineering and design group reviews product information - design, dimensions and material for manufacturability.
Based on the part design and specifications we determine the best manufacturing method to repeatedly produce the part and maintain part tolerances.

We collaborate with our customer. If design leeway is an option, we can assist you making changes to produce the product more economically, evaluating tolerancing, material and part features.

Product planning begins with our die design. Best use of material to keep costs down and waste to a minimum is factored into the design. Critical features are identified and SPC planning is started. Statistical Process Control (SPC) is a method of quality control which employs statistical methods to monitor and control a process. This helps to ensure that the process operates efficiently, producing parts in tolerance. Process reliability is key to successful manufacturing.

Utilizing SolidWorks with LogoPress3 software and/or customer supplied solid model files, our tool design group designs simple and complex tooling. Thompson Machine the Tool & Die Group Inc. is capable of holding tolerances .001 inch or better. We produce simple single station tools, progressive tools and deep draw tools. Please see our capabilities tab for a complete list of specific types of dies we manufacture.

We are capable of reverse engineering parts. If the original part drawing or design is not available our tooling engineers and design group can produce the information necessary to manufacture the part.