We were recently asked about die cutting a SAE F-13 felt at ¾” thickness. The customer wanted a part made for their Battery application. We had no prior experience with this material before, but we were confident we could cut the material to produce the OD of the part but not so sure about the small dimensional slots. Die cutting the part would be a challenge because of the combination of the material thickness, the material density and the narrow dimensions of the slots.
Our initial response to the customer was to be completely transparent and say that we were not sure we could make the part but would be willing to conduct some R&D to determine if this project was possible. The R&D effort involved purchasing the F-13 felt material, to make a custom die and a few different die cutting attempts. We have now successfully produced the required part.
Industrial S.A.E (Society of Automotive Engineers) Wool Felt.
This is a felt used where resistance to abrasion, durability and wear are not so important. Applications such as spacing strips, sound deafening, fuel oil filters, anti-rattle, grease and oil retention. The felt varies in thicknesses, colors, densities and composites specified by the SAE designation i.e. F-X.
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About the Author
With over 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Martin Chell brings a wealth of knowledge to his client projects. He has worked with large companies including Qualcomm and completed projects in a variety of aerospace, biotech and other applications.
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