What Is Tool Design? Factors Affecting the Design of Tools

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Tool design is a process of which comprises the planning, designing, developing, and analysis of tools, methods and procedures necessary to increase manufacturing efficiency and productivity.

Factors affecting the tool design

The design of a tool depends on the function to be performed by that tool. There are some factors, which will have a large impact on the tool design. Factors need to consider during the design process are


  1. The function of Tool – Simply how it works and what is ultimatum need?
  2. Size and type of machine tool.
  3. Number of components to be made and how many times a single tool needs to perform its operation.
  4. Aesthetic - Shape, color, decorations, etc. needed.
  5. Environment – What kind of environment and its effects on the tool, example dry, wet, corrosive, etc.
  6. Types of workpiece material.
  7. The degree of accuracy and precision required.
  8. Types and sequence of operation need to be performed.
  9. Interaction with user - Design should consider how the tool will interact with the user.
  10. Interaction with other components and buildings - Locating and clamping surfaces, vibration and noise.
  11. Availability of material, tools, technology and expertise - you can build a thing only with what you have available to you. So it is necessary to know what kind of technology and materials are available.
  12. Safety - Safety is crucial, all design should ensure the safety.
  13. Trends – Designer should consider current trends in the industry that is an investment for the future.
    Industrial and workplace laws.
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