CCSi designs and manufactures high quality specimen cutting dies completely inhouse at our facility in Akron, OH. Our complete vertical integration allows CCSi to provide exceptional quality dies at competitive prices. Our process starts with high, quality American made tool steel. We then grind, machine, harden, wire EDM, sharpen, and dimensionally certify the dies. The wire EDM manufacturing process creates perfectly vertical interior walls. This allows the die to be sharpened repeatedly without altering the dimensional characteristics of the sample and provides excellent long term value.
All CCSi dies come with the serial and model number laser engraved for easy identification. Also included is a rugged, foam lined carrying case for protection while the die is not in use.
Our standard dies have no adapters and are intended for use in a “clicker” style press.
CCSi ASTM D412 dies are built to the standard (inch) specification. If a metric (mm) is required it must be requested. Options include:
- ISO-17025 Certification
- Arbor Press Adapter (post type, dimensions to be specified at purchase)
- Mallet Handle
- NAEF brackets and ejectors
- Custom brackets and adapters
The test specimens are configured as various ‘dumbbell’ shapes. Each specimen is designed to measure a material’s characteristic of either tensile stress, tensile stress at a given elongation, tensile strength, yield point, or ultimate elongation. The specimens are generally cut from test pieces prepared in a laboratory mold, described in ASTM D3182 ‘Standard Practice for Rubber—Materials, Equipment, and Procedures for Mixing Standard Compounds and Preparing Standard Vulcanized Sheets’.
CCSi also manufactures ASTM D3182 molds in various configurations. Single, double, and four cavity molds are available.
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