The Reconfigurable Die is an assembly of movable pins with a spherical top surface.
All the pins are vertically adjustable and can be locked at a desired position.
The reconfigurable die is an adaptive tool for sheet stretch forming that can replace numerous solid dies.
It is versatile and can quickly change shapes, allowing for faster tool changing when compared to using different individual dies.
This is a patented design and was formulated as a joint project between MIT, Northrop Grumman and Cyril Bath.
Typical parts produced on this type of press are: fuselage parts.