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Tool and Die Program Outcomes

  • Blueprint Reading – Understand and interpret the types of lines used on shop drawings and part prints, apply tolerances and symbols, identify threads, tapers, and machined surfaces, develop good sketching techniques.
  • Bench Work – Identify mechanical hardware and hand tools, precision measuring instruments, part layout, threading with taps and dies, files and hand and power saws, general shop safety.
  • Engine Lathes – Basic lathe construction, single point tool geometry, high-speed and carbide tool applications, lathe operations including, turning, facing, grooving, boring, drilling, reaming, threading, taper turning, knurling, cut-off, and safety.
  • Tool-room Milling Machines – Vertical mill construction and operation, end milling, side milling, key ways, boring and counter-boring, drilling and reaming, and safety.
  • Surface and Cylindrical Grinders – Basic construction and operation, wheel selection, work-holding methods, and grinder safety.
  • Metallurgy – Properties and applications of both ferrous and non-ferrous metals are discussed.
  • Mathematics – Fractions, decimals, ratio and proportion, cutting speeds and feeds, basic algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
  • Jig and Fixture Design – Describe the basic functions of jigs and fixtures. Explain the difference between locators and supports. Select appropriate clamping mechanisms.
  • Computer Assisted Manufacturing (CAM) – Utilize CAM programs such as Feature-Cam to produce tool-paths for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) lathes and milling machines.
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) – Set up and operate CNC lathes and milling machines using Computer Assisted Manufacturing tool-paths.
  • Electrical Discharge Machines (EDM) – Describe the principles of EDM operation. Compare electrode materials. Discuss electrode machining methods. Determine flushing requirements. Relate spark frequency to surface finish and metal removal rates.
  • Mold Making and Die-cast Dies – Compare the properties of Thermoplastic and Thermoset plastics. Explain the purpose of the various systems of plastic injection molding machines. Explain the function of various mold components. Select the appropriate metals for cavities, cores, and mold bases. Describe the different machining operations that may be used to produce mold cavities, cores, and bases. Calculate runner, gate, and venting requirements. Demonstrate mold polishing techniques.
  • Basic Die Making (Metal Stamping Dies) – Identify basic die components. Explain the differences between blanking and piercing dies. Calculate cutting and stripping forces. Determine burr-side location. Calculate bend allowances. Develop stock strip layouts. Calculate scrap-web allowances. Explain the use of pilots. Compare fixed and traveling strippers. Calculate die spring requirements. Select appropriate steels for punches and dies.