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Tool Design and Manufacturing of Transfer Tooling for the Automotive Industry

This transfer tooling project, carried out at Dekalb Tool & Die, Inc. facility for a customer in the automotive industry, created optimal quality tooling used in the manufacture of a 20" decorative automotive wheel cladding with a 2.25" draw depth. Our tool and die experts used 3-D rendering to create a draw simulation, ensuring that the transfer tooling would carry out the part manufacture exactly as specified. Making use of our tool and die shop CNC machining capabilities, Dekalb Tool and Die contoured the tooling for six individual stations on multiple metal stamping presses to within ± .5mm.

Dekalb Tool & Die's quality control process for the 301 stainless steel transfer tooling included in-house die tryout and CMM inspection. With annual estimated usage at 250,000 units, it was critical for our customer's tooling to be accurate and durable in order to meet the demands of the manufacturing process. With DeKalb Tool and Die's tooling transfer service, we provided the high quality work that we are known for.

Design and Manufacturing of Transfer Tooling for the Automotive Industry

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Transfer Tooling Project Specifications

Transfer Tooling Product Description   This transfer tooling was designed through the use of draw simulation with a 3-D rendering. This tooling is used to manufacture a 20" Wheel Decorative Cladding for an automotive application.
Transfer Tooling Capabilities Applied/Processes  
Autocad-2D/ VISI -3D/ MasterCam Design & Program
CNC Machining
  • 2-D & 3 Axis Simultaneous Contouring
WIRE EDM Machining
Heat Treatment
Surface Grinding
Die Mounting (Overhead crane capacity 30 Tons)
Die Tryout (In House)
CMM Part Inspection
Overall Part Dimensions  
Size of Tooling: Six Independent Stations/ Multiple Presses Product Material Thickness:
Transfer Tooling Tightest Tolerances   Contour ± .5mm
Material Used  
D2 Form Steels Product Material:
301 Stainless Steel
Transfer Tooling Characteristics  
.25" Draw Depth 250,000 Estimated Annual Usage
Metal Stamping Finish   Surface Chrome Plated and Buffed by Customer
Transfer Tooling In process testing performed   CMM Part Inspection & Metal Stamping Draw Simulation
Estimated Part Weight   4 lbs
Industry for Use   Automotive
Transfer Tooling Volume   1
Transfer Tooling Standards Met   Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing
Transfer Tooling Product Name   Decorative Chrome Plated Stainless 20" Wheel Cladding

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