Die Finisher

Grind, file, sand, and polish surfaces of metalworking die members.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$32,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Die Finishers do?

Grinds, files, sands, and polishes surfaces of metalworking die members to specified shape and smoothness and inspects dies for conformity to wood, plastic, or plaster die models or prototype parts: Lifts and positions die member on bench manually or with hoist. Studies blueprints, die models, and prototype parts, and compares them with die member to ascertain contours. Verifies dimensions and radii, using micrometers, dial indicators, and calipers. Brushes blue pigment on ridged and grooved surface of rough-milled die member, and grinds down ridges with powered hand grinder until only traces of blue pigment remain. Brushes contrasting pigments on die member and prototype part, die model, or corresponding die member, and presses them together, manually or with press. Observes pattern of pigments where surfaces have made contact, and grinds and files high spots until die member conforms to specified contour. Polishes die member, using hand stones. Inspects smoothness and contour conformity visually and tactually. May be designated according to part finished as Punch Finisher.


Should I be a Die Finisher?

You should have a certificate degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Metal Die Finisher, Punch Finisher

    How to become a Die Finisher

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