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                                   Tooling by Design
is performed routinely, to avoid sharp edges on thousands of consumer items. Even difficult-to-form materials can bend to a near-zero inside radius, by coining or scoring prior to bending.
Again, the above statement would be true if it began like this: “To avoid increased die complexity and higher tooling costs, ...”
5)The final part radius at the flange
of a drawn shell must be equal to or greater than five-times the material thickness.
This is perhaps the biggest half- truth in our industry, because it actu- ally is half true. An insufficient draw radius may cause the part to split as the material deforms, due to the high restraining forces developed as the
Producing a drawn shell with a tight flange radius is entirely possible.
workpiece material bends and unbends over the tight radius. Drawing over a tight radius also produces a tremen- dous amount of heat, leading to micro- scopic welding of the sheetmetal to the tools.
However, these are process param- eters related to the die; they are not product-design parameters. Produc- ing a drawn shell with a tight flange radius is entirely possible. First, the stamper must draw the shell slightly deeper than the final product dimen- sions, while using the die radii neces- sary to carry out the deep-drawing process. In a subsequent operation, the shell height then is reduced by compressing it and forcing the excess material to flow into the tight corners of the die. This practice produces a much tighter radius, per the illustration (cour- tesy of Arnold Miedema).
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