Key Dies Inc.
Question: What are some of the industries that Key Dies serves? Answer:
Question: How do you cut your materials?Answer: Our Laser system, as well as our water jet, can cut a variety of materials including rubber, plastic, metals, and composite materials.
Question: What kind of materials do you work with?Answer:
Question: What is the lead time for Key Dies to make my die?Answer: Key Dies is a two shift operation offering fast turn around times. Most dies would be ready to ship to you within two to three full working days from the receipt of your purchase order. Quicker production schedules on simple dies can sometimes be accomodated. Please call or email if you have a specific deadline. Key Dies will work with you to get your die to you when you need it.
Question: Do I need to resend a file or die layout if Key Dies made my die before?Answer: If there are no changes to the die you do not need to resend the information. Key Dies CAD department keeps all the files from dies we have made previously. Simply call or email us with either your or our job number, or your Purchase Order number previously used and we can make a new die for you.
Question: I want to buy a die that has 300 inches of rule. Will my press have enough pressure to cut my parts?Answer: A very general rule is that for each inch of rule in a die a press will need 400 to 500 pounds of pressure to cut. A die with 300 inches of rule would need a press with approximately 60 to 75 tons of pressure.
Question: I'm ready to have a die quoted or made by Key Dies. Do you accept emailed files, and if so, what types?Answer: Key Dies gladly accepts files via email. In order to eliminate difficulties transmitting files, we have put together the following information. If we have not addressed a specific concern or you have need of further assistance, please call and request to speak to the CAD department.
- Our CAD system uses die-makers software called Cimex. The file formats with which we have the most success are as follows: DXF, DWG, DDES, EPS, & Adobe Illustrator CS3.
- Formats we are unable to use include JPEG, PDF & TIFF files. We can see them, but can't convert them for use in our CAD system. Exception to this is a PDF file that was created with Adobe Illustrator software using vector lines.
- Quark users note the following! We have no software to translate Quark files. Use Freehand or Adobe Illustrator software to convert QUARK files to EPS or AI Format.
- Tip for AutoCAD and similar systems with 3D capability. Save the required information to LAYER-0. We have no success with multiple layers. We can read up to AutoCAD 2007 files.
- Printers, please send us only the die line file. Crop marks and sheet edges are useful. DO NOT send graphics, text and color bars as these create problems for our conversion software.
- Short file names may be easily duplicated by others, which could lead to an accidental overwrite. (Ex: DIE.xxx, is not a good file name.) We recommend a name consisting of 2 or 3 letters from your company name and possibly your work order number. (Ex: ABC12345.xxx.) The suffix is very important. Please include it with every file, every time!
- In order to expedite your work or quote; please add the following to the body of your E-mail: your name or contact person, your company name, your company phone number and any other instructions.
- Please make sure your file is attached before you send it.
- Please follow all E-mail with a fax so we know you sent us a file. Files sent to Key Dies, Inc., on occasion, have not arrived in a timely manner. This may be due to human or electronic transfer problems. A fax lets us know to be on the alert for a file.
We hope this information is helpful. If we can be of further assistance, please contact us.
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