March 22, 2022

The Process

A toolmaker must decide on a series of steps, or process, to make a tool. Understanding the reasons behind a process is important information for anyone wanting to be a toolmaker. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Identify critical features of a tool • Define removability • Identify critical features or requirements on an engineering drawing
March 22, 2022

Permanent Assemblies

Permanent assemblies are often used as components in tools. Understanding how to produce permanent assemblies is an important skill a toolmaker will acquire. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Define a permanent assembly • Understand the process of making a permanent assembly with screws and dowel pins • Understand the function of screws and dowel pins in a permanent assembly
March 22, 2022

Critical Features

Creating critical features or satisfying critical requirements of a tool is usually the most difficult step in the tool making process. Understanding how this is accomplished is important for any toolmaker. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Understand the purpose of precision locators • Understand how removability is attained in building a drill jig
March 22, 2022

Final Details

Satisfying critical features and requirements of a tool often determines if a tool is functional. However, it is usually the small details of a tool that determine if the tool is user-friendly. Understanding how to make tools user-friendly is important for anyone wanting to become a toolmaker. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Understand how to layout a clamp for installation • Understand the importance of deburring
March 22, 2022

Need for Tools

There are many circumstances that create the need for a new tool or modifying an old tool. Understanding the process of defining the need for a tool and the tool design process is important information for a toolmaker. By the end of this course, you will be able to • Understand the need for a new tool • List some common sources of information for a toolmaker • Understand the role of the tooling engineer in the making of a tool • Understand the role of the toolmaker