I bought, on ebay, several surplus die sets for a punch press. I have found
them to rather convenient for some types of tooling. They can be bolted to
the bottom plate but it is not always neccessary because the tooling is
attached to the die set. I usualy only bolt the die set to the bottom plate
when using a guide for repeated opperations.
For some operations I thread a tool holder which I have made into the end
of the ram. However the ram will rotate so tooling that is not round needs
to be adjusted as it will move or a guide must be installed to prevent it
I have been designing a press brake that fits into my press if you like a
copy of the model I can make it available.
I have an open sided motorized press I use for hot forging. My dies are
generally solid shapes (no punches). I build them on a 4x6" piece of
1/4" plate. The plate is held in place by clamps on two edges. A stop on
one edge gives me all the precision required.
I don't know if this fits your needs, but it works fine for mine.
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