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This article reviews the production variables that influence the selection of various stamping die materials: ferrous, nonferrous, and plastic die materials. It provides a discussion on the specific types of die materials for tool steels, cast irons, plastics, aluminum, bronze, zinc-aluminum, and steel-bonded carbides. The article describes factors to be considered during the selection of materials for press-forming dies.

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Selection of Materials for Press-Forming Dies, Metalworking: Sheet Forming, Vol 14B, ASM Handbook, Edited By S.L. Semiatin, ASM International, 2006, p 265–275,

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