Die estimating school is a one-day event designed specifically to teach die cost estimating. The School is not a software demonstration or sales pitch. The School focuses on all aspects of die cost estimating and is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to die cost estimating or enhance there die estimating knowledge.


Topics: Introduction to die estimating, die type selection, request for quotes, part data, production part materials, die and press specifications, basic formability analysis for estimating, blank nesting, die processing, progressive part carriers, line dies, setting hourly rates, die pricing, profit, lead times, quoting, selling, and quoting metrics.


Who should attend: Die cost estimators, tool engineers, stamping engineers, process planners, stamping/die buyers and managers. No die design experience is required.


Attendees must bring a laptop computer with the ability to access the internet and the latest version of either Microsoft Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. Schools are held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Class schedules are based on demand. Class sizes are typically less than 30 attendees.


An optional second half-day is offered at no additional charge for those want to learn DieEstimator software. A free trial subscription of DieEstimator will be furnished.



Jeff Bennett teaches the Die Estimating School. He is the founder and President of Tool Planners Inc. Jeff is a former tool and die and metal stamping company owner with over 40 years of experience in the industry. His expertise includes die cost estimating, software development, tool and automation design, and contract manufacturing management. Jeff is the key speaker at the PMA die cost estimating seminar. Jeff is a regular presenter at Metalform and served over 20 years on PMA’s Technical Seminar Task Force.





Introduction and Die Request for Quote

• Introduction to die estimating

• Die types and when to use them

• Die request for quote content

• Part drawings, dimensions, and notes

• Understanding die and press specifications


Software Simulation

• Part data files and preparation

• Addendums and part features

• Flattening and formability analysis

• Nesting blanks for functional dies

• Using standard reports


Die Planning and Processing

• Working with 2D and 3D part files

• Fast planning techniques

• Progressive carriers

• Processing station count

• Die size and press selection


Pricing the Die (with interactive exercise)

• Comparison of die pricing methods

• Formulas for estimating material and labor

• Setting hourly rates (overhead)

• Pricing the die

• Estimating delivery times

• Quoting and selling the die

• Die quoting metrics


Agenda is subject to change without notice.

Die Estimating School (per person)

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