Thursday, April 5, 2018

Chinese Carbide Dies may be Hit by Tariffs

It has been a very interesting year in the tool and die trade. Just today the US government responded to recent Chinese tariff threats with a new list of of 1800 items that may have a 25% duty placed on them. Of interest to us, on page 36 of the 45 page document the items at the bottom of this article were  found by our crack team of highly paid researchers.

This sounds like some protection for the tool and die trade, carbide die manufacturers and die makers. Hopefully this will help the sector, but it could lead to higher costs for other manufacturers that use these types of tooling. How do you think this will affect our industry? Is this the next stage in a trade war?
Carbide Die
US manufactured Carbide Die

84629940 ........... Machine tools (including nonhydraulic presses) for working metal or metal carbides, nesi, numerically controlled
84629980 ........... Machine tools (including nonhydraulic presses) for working metal or metal carbides, nesi, not numerically controlled
84631000 ........... Draw-benches for bars, tubes, profiles, wire or the like, for working metal or cermets, without removing material
84632000 ........... Thread rolling machines for working metal or cermets, without removing material 84633000 ........... Machines for working wire of metal or cermets, without removing material 84639000 ........... Machine tools for working metal or cermets, without removing material, nesoi 84642001 ........... Grinding or polishing machines for working stone, ceramics, concrete, asbestoscement or like mineral materials, or glass, nesi
84649001 ........... Machine tools for working stone, ceramics, concrete, asbestos-cement or like mineral materials or for cold working glass, nesoi
84651000 ........... Machines for working certain hard materials which can carry out different types of machining operations w/o tool change between operations

(Source: https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/301FRN.pdf)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Carbide Die Holiday Ideas

Are you trying to think of some ideas for what to get that carbide die maker for the holidays? Do you want your wife to wear a shirt proclaiming her love for tool and die? Here's some cool gift ideas you can find on the web. Just search for carbide die Christmas / holiday or tool and die gifts.

Actually, only one person should get this as a gift. There can only be one.

Form fitting too! 

"Trust Me"

Probably the funniest on this list!




Santa is a tool and die maker FYI!

Thank you everyone and enjoy the holidays from the Carbide Die Blog!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Carbide Die Blog Shop Humor

Welcome to yet another installment of Carbide Die Blog tool and die humor... We are going to take aim at our overseas competition today in a light hearted look at a few things.

But, wait Carbide Die Blog, what if I want to spend less money and Chin..a is to expensive? Where could I get something manufactured for dirt cheap.
Well you should try Chin B.


of course errors slip by, so here's a sign for the season..

*cemetery!!!

You had one job!!!

Here's what happens when manufacturing instructions get taken a little to literally.


and finally.... a little note about safety.


Remember: Sometimes a little hazard analysis can save an empire and help continue your rule over the galaxy!

Thanks for visiting the Carbide Dies Blog!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Machining Small Carbide Dies

So we get quote requests at my work for some really small medical stuff made out of carbide and I always wanted to know how you could grind something that small. Wouldn't it be cool to have a machine shop that can fit on a 5' x 3' desk? Let's see if I can get a plan together that will allow me to make small tooling in a small space. So here's some photos of little machines that you could put some little diamond wheels on and grind some tungsten tungsten carbide dies (or any other tooling your little heart desires). It gives me pleasure to imagine a flee circus sized machine shop, maybe this is how elves do their machining?

So here's a little surface grinder, but it still might be a little big...

OK, this one will fit on my desk. Now I'm going to need a lathe...

Here's one from Harbor Freight for $139. OK, now for a drill press...

Your desk top machine shop can have the "big" one pictured for $109. But to make carbide dies we are going to need some ID/OD grinders. Let me see what little grinders I can find to fit on my desk.


Well, back to the drawing board. The only small grinder I could find was for coffee (maybe it can be modified with diamond wheels :)  -  I'm not going to be able to make carbide dies and tooling with my desktop machine shop. However, someone could definitely have some fun as a hobby machinist with this stuff!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Honoring The Fallen from Tungsten Carbide Dies Blog

Today is Memorial Day here in the US and the Tungsten Carbide Die blog would like to honor those that gave everything for our freedoms. Let's make sure we live our lives in a way that makes their ultimate sacrifice worth it. We need to be thankful for these freedoms we never really consider, I can post any opinion I have on this site without fear of repercussion, I can pursue I business manufacturing carbide dies without worry of it being taken from me and countless other freedoms I enjoy that are taken for granted. These freedoms were paid for across the globe through the deaths of thousands of our men and women, from musket balls at Saratoga to  modern weapons at the current battle in Mosul. I would also like to extend this thank you to our allies that have stood by our side in the battles against tyranny and repression. Thank you to all the fallen!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Machining and Tool and Die 2017

Happy New Years fellow machinists, machine lovers, tool and die workers, carbide die makers and people that don't really love machining but work in the industry! Also, happy new years to that guy that makes candle sticks in his garage with a 1943 lathe! OK, let's calm down. To celebrate I'm doing yet another installment of machining gifs and videos. This eye candy will get everyone going ;)  Just click the video to play.

How metal chips are born

Beautiful Finnish!

Wire Forming


Finally, the worlds biggest 3D printed part.

Have a great 2017!


Friday, October 28, 2016

Skilled Machinists



Obviously, not just reading a micrometer, but you have to have the skills to pay the bills if you want to earn that kind of money. Anything you can learn in a day doesn't count. Sorry, burger flippers. We need skilled workers, otherwise the "emerging economies" of the world  deserve our jobs. If our workers can't make anything more complex then a burger and expect to be paid twenty times what a skilled foreign work is paid, then we deserve what we get. Let's not kid ourselves though, just giving everyone a raise will only hurt the US economy.