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There are so many different ways you can form steel. They can be roll formed, machines or even stamped. How the steel is manufactured or produced depends on the reason for its use. The end use of the steel is what matters when you think about how you are going to make it. In this articles however we are going to looking into the various dies that are used in the process of making this steel. There are a few common ones which are used in the industry that you should know about. And the type of die used also plays a role in the type of steel that is made. Then there are the specialized dies which are used as well. These however are used to further form the steel that has already been made using the common dies. So it’s not an easy process to understand and there is a lot of complex methods involved behind the making of the various steel sheets and rods that we are so familiar with.

The Cold Forming Dies

This die is also called the cold heading die or more simply known as the header die to people within the industry of steel supplies Melbourne. These dies are used to produce steel at a high speed and are generally made out of tungsten carbide. It is one of the more common types of dies that are used within the industry. The process of producing steel with this ide starts off using a metal slug that is placed inside a cold die. The slug that is placed inside is then struck by something like a jack hammer that forces it to be shaped into whichever form and shape that is desired. It is definitely the force of the punch that cause the slug to turn into liquid and then can be reshaped to form the necessary shapes and forms.

Carbide based drawing die

This die is again made up Tungsten carbide, and is more commonly called draw die or extrusion die within the metal fabricators Melbourne industry. This type of die is used in the process of manufacturing cylindrical shaped objects such as pipes, tubes, wires and rods. This process of producing these cylindrical objects is called drawing of metal. During this process of drawing the metal, the steel is passed through this tungsten carbide die that reduces in diameter as the process is happening. And this is how the tubing and wires are formed. There are many other different ways in which steel can be manufactured, but the above mentioned methods are some of the more common methods used.