This transfer tooling project, carried out at Dekalb Tool & Die, Inc. facility for a customer in the automotive industry, created optimal quality tooling used in the manufacture of a 20″ decorative automotive wheel cladding with a 2.25″ draw depth. Our tool and die experts used 3-D rendering to create a draw simulation, ensuring that the transfer tooling would carry out the part manufacture exactly as specified. Making use of our tool and die shop CNC machining capabilities, Dekalb Tool and Die contoured the tooling for six individual stations on multiple metal stamping presses to within ± .5mm.

Dekalb Tool & Die’s quality control process for the 301 stainless steel transfer tooling included in-house die tryout and CMM inspection. With annual estimated usage at 250,000 units, it was critical for our customer’s tooling to be accurate and durable in order to meet the demands of the manufacturing process. With DeKalb Tool and Die’s tooling transfer service, we provided the high quality work that we are known for.

Transfer Tooling Project Specifications

Transfer Tooling Product Description

This transfer tooling was designed through the use of draw simulation with a 3-D rendering. This tooling is used to manufacture a 20″ Wheel Decorative Cladding for an automotive application.

Transfer Tooling Capabilities Applied/Processes

Autocad-2D/ VISI -3D/ MasterCam Design & Program CNC Machining

  • 2-D & 3 Axis Simultaneous Contouring

WIRE EDM Machining

Heat Treatment
Surface Grinding
Die Mounting (Overhead crane capacity 30 Tons)
Die Tryout (In House)
CMM Part Inspection

Overall Part Dimensions

Size of Tooling: Six Independent Stations/ Multiple Presses

Product Material Thickness:

Transfer Tooling Tightest Tolerances

Contour ± .5mm

Material Used

D2 Form Steels

Product Material:
301 Stainless Steel

Transfer Tooling Characteristics

.25″ Draw Depth

250,000 Estimated Annual Usage

Metal Stamping Finish

Surface Chrome Plated and Buffed by Customer

Transfer Tooling In process testing performed

CMM Part Inspection & Metal Stamping Draw Simulation

Estimated Part Weight

4 lbs

Industry for Use


Transfer Tooling Volume


Transfer Tooling Standards Met

Customer supplied print, 2D CAD Drawing

Transfer Tooling Product Name

Decorative Chrome Plated Stainless 20″ Wheel Cladding