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Publication numberUS3474657 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 28, 1969
Filing dateApr 26, 1966
Priority dateApr 26, 1966
Publication numberUS 3474657 A, US 3474657A, US-A-3474657, US3474657 A, US3474657A
InventorsSpiegel Raymond J
Original AssigneeSpiegel Raymond J
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Laminated press brake die
US 3474657 A
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Oct. 28, 1969 R. J. SPIEGEL 3,474,657


RA YMONO J. .SP/iGEL l 524 as W ATTDREY United States Patent 3,474,657 LAMINATED PRESS BRAKE DIE Raymond J. Spiegel, Colonia, NJ. (6 Karen Court, Scotch Plains, NJ. 07076) Filed Apr. 26, 1966, Ser. No. 545,423 Int. Cl. B21j 13/02 US. Cl. 72-478 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A press brake tool is disclosed in which a die is formed by aligning laminated stamped pieces.

This invention relates generally to metal forming dies and more particularly to a press brake die constructed by laminating stamped pieces.

In the art of metal working the well-known press brake die has long been used to form metal work pieces. In the past these press brake dies have been constructed from solid drawn or formed pieces which require expensive steps in manufacture. The expense of design, planning, heat treating, straightening and grinding have provided press brake dies in the past which have been satisfactory from the standpoint of operation but which have been expensive to manufacture.

It is to the reduction in cost of material and labor in the manufacture of press brake dies that this invention is directed.

It is therefore an object of the invention to provide an improved press brake die.

It is a further object of the invention to provide a press brake die utilizing less expensive material than has been utilized heretofore.

It is a still further object of the invention to provide a press brake die utilizing fewer man-hours for assembly than has been needed heretofore.

It is another object of the invention to provide an improved method of manufacturing a press brake die.

It is a feature of this invention to form a laminated press brake die from the assembly of a plurality of individual die members.

It is another feature of this invention that the individual die members are stamped from bulk material.

Still another feature of the invention is the use of substantially square apertures in the individual die members so as to hold the die members in rigid alignment.

It is still another feature of the invention that the press brake dies are so formed that along press brake die may be easily formed from abutting a plurality of short press brake dies.

These and other objects and novel features of the invention are set forth in the appended claims and the invention as to its organization and its mode of operation will best be understood from a consideration of the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment when used in connection with the accompanying drawings which are hereby made a part of the specification, and in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of an upper laminated press brake die according to the invention.

FIG. 2 is a cross sectional end view showing the upper and lower press brake dies.

FIG. 3 is a partial cross sectional view of one form of securing the die members.

FIG. 4 is a partial cross sectional view showing an alternate method of securing the die members.

FIG. 5 is a representation of die members being stamped from a roll of material.

3,474,657 Patented Oct. 28, 1969 The preferred embodiment of this invention provides a laminated press brake die which is assembled by threading a plurality of stamped die members on square rods so as to secure the individual die members in rigid alignment and so as to prevent their lateral or rotational movement.

Referring now to FIGS. 1 and 2 a perspective view of an upper press brake die 6 is shown with a plurality of lamina or die members 8 being secured by rods 10. Washers 12 and bolts 14 and 16, as seen in FIGS. 3 and 4, secure the die members 8 together by threading into the tapped portion 18 of rods 10.

FIG. 2 shows an upper and lower press brake die in cross section with a workpiece 20 shown horizontally between them. To form material, relative motion between the upper 22 and lower 24 press brake dies, toward each other, strike and distort the material to thereby form the material in accordance with its thickness and the angles formed by the upper and lower press brake dies.

FIG. 4 illustrates a variation in construcion in that the end plate 26 is thicker than the other die members 8. This allows the countersinking of the bolt 16 so the outer face of the press brake die is flat. In this manner a plurality of press brake dies may be placed in abutting relation to thereby form a long die from several short ones. This provides versatility and allows large die members to be carried by hand, in short lengths.

The method of assembly involves the stamping of a plurality of die members 8 from bulk material, such as a sheet or roll. FIG. 5 illustrates this operation wherein a roll of material 28 passes a punch device 30 where die members are formed by punching or stamping. In the preferred embodiment of the invention the material 28 may be of a thickness in the range from 0.02 to 0.10 inch of high carbon spring steel having an AISI designation in the range from 1050 to 1075. Laminations of 0.05 inch have proven very satisfactory.

The apertures 23, in the preferred embodiment of the invention are substantially square in configuration. By threading the die members 8, 22 and 24 on a substantially square rod 10, the die members are constrained against rotative motion around the rods 10 and great strength is provided to prevent the assembled press brake die from sagging under its own weight.

The die members may be secured, other than as just described, by welding, arc welding, butt welding or by the use of adhesive material between or along an edge of the lamina.

It should be understood that this invention is not limited to specific details of construction and arranggement thereof herein illustrated, and that changes and modifications may occur to one skilled in the art without departing from the spirit of the invention; the scope of the invention being set forth in the following claims.

What is claimed is:

1. Press brake tooling comprising a plurality of laminated members stamped from bulk material and having substantially square apertures formed therein and arranged to form a die having a linear braking surface, and securing means comprising relatively square rod members for mating with the laminated members for rigidly retaining the die members in an aligned position.

2. Apparatus according to claim 1 wherein the laminated members have a thickness of from 0.02 to 0.10 inch.

3. Apparatus according to claim 1 wherein the securing means is recessed within one or more laminated members so as to permit the abutment of two or more assembled press brake dies together so as to permit the formation of a plurality of press brake sizes.

brake tooling includes an upper and lower die and wherein the die members are stamped from 0.02 to 0.10 inch thick bulk high carbon spring steel within the A151 range of 1050-1075, having a plurality of substantially square apertures formed therein and having end membersof X inch thickness and wherein the securing means includes substantially square rod members having tapped end portions and bolts matin-gly engaged with the tapped end portions of the rod members to secure the plurality of die members in rigid laminated alignment, a larger press brake die being formable by the abutment of a plurality of smaller press brake dies.

4 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 10/1892 Trist 72-413 3/1912 Nazel 72-413 3/ 1945 Forbes et al 65-305 3/ 1965 Kyle 83-690 6/1965 Guy 72 47s FOREIGN PATENTS 12/1938 Germany.

CHARLES W. LANHAM, Primary Examiner EZRA SUTTON, Assistant Examiner

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U.S. Classification72/478
International ClassificationB21D5/02
Cooperative ClassificationB21D5/0209
European ClassificationB21D5/02B