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.

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How metal chips are born

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Beautiful Finnish!

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Wire Forming


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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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Die Making Prints

There are two kinds of prints in tool and die. You will recognize both of these! I work in carbide die manufacturing and prefer type 2. Let me know what kind you get.


Tooling Print: Type 1. Good Luck.
Type 2. - Got it!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Machine Shop Tools 101

Good Advice for all Machine Shops.




Any real machine shop will have tools like this. Its a Hammer-pliers-screwdriver. More handy than your typical Wrench-Knife.





And here is the worlds biggest machine. It does some mining work in Germany and may or may not be involved in a plot to saw off part of Czechoslovakia.















Only true machinists can enjoy this sweet music.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Beauty of Carbide Dies and Tool and Die

Machining can be a beautiful thing at times, it is an act of creation after all. The birth of an object from it's raw materials. Sometimes it takes slowing the action down to capture the amazing life in side of carbide die making and tool and die in general. Here's some videos of cutting, shaping and forming for you tool heads!



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