American Precision Style


Mate’s American Precision Style press brake tooling is a full line of precision ground punches and dies. This system has the widest options available for common height punches and dies, along with an industry-first option to purchase by the inch—just specify and buy the tooling length required for your design.

All Mate American Precision Style punches come standard with our patented, groundbreaking Maglock™ magnetic safety system, which is simple, easy, reliable and safe. Maglock uses rare earth magnets to attach and seat the punch to the holder with no separation between the surfaces. With no protrusions, the tang simplicity makes Maglock-equipped punches ideal for front loading of tooling and enables installation of tooling backward or forward.

Maglock™ Magnetic Safety System


Mate’s American Precision Style punches come standard with the patented, groundbreaking Maglock® Magnetic Safety System. Maglock uses permanently flush mounted magnets to attach and seat the punch into the punch holder. Utilizing extensive research, development and testing, each punch is configured with the proper quantity and position of magnets along the punch shoulder, so the “up-force” safely and securely attaches the punch to the punch holder. The rare earth nickel-clad magnets direct a strong but short field of attraction upward from the punch shoulder surface to create a safe and secure attachment. This approach ensures the surrounding punch is not magnetized and does not cause a magnetic effect on the sheet metal,


The punch’s seating is essential for a brake’s safe operation. Installing a punch with Maglock technology always results in the shoulder seated firmly to the holder. The “up-force” of 2.5 to 3 times the weight of the punch leaves no separation between the surfaces. The Maglock magnets’ “up-force” continues to work indefinitely when properly used. While Maglock makes seating the punch easy and safe, the holder clamping system must be engaged when a brake is in operation. Maglock does not claim to be and is not intended to be a replacement for the holder clamping system.


Maglock technology is non-mechanical, so there are no mechanical parts to damage. Punches with mechanical designs (buttons, springs, pins and so forth) become unsafe if the mechanism is damaged or missing. Maglock works safely all the time, every time.


Mate punches with Maglock offer additional safety if the brake’s electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic power is cut off or damaged. This is because the magnetic attraction functions safely regardless of the status of the brake’s power.


The Maglock connection is strong yet balanced, so lateral positional adjustments to the punch (shifts left or right) are easy. As a result, mate punches with Maglock are safer than mechanical designs for lateral movement, especially when a holder has a small gap or uneven step between holder clamps that can cause a mechanical design to bump or dislodge.


Mate punches with Maglock are available in any length between ½” and 18″. In lengths greater than 4″, the design includes a lever that facilitates the punch removal process by causing a slight separation between the punch and the holder when depressed. The lever is designed to be removed and installed as needed. This feature is helpful in cases where a return bend on the part may interfere with the lever. In addition, the Maglock connection to the holder is independent of the lever. Thus, the tool is always safely seated.


Maglock technology rare earth magnets are safe when used as directed. These Sintered Neodymium-Iron-Boron (NdFeB) permanent magnets are exempt from transportation restrictions CFR2011 Title 49 Vol 2  Sec  173.21  as well as in compliance with UN2807, IATA PI 953 and the European Union’s Restrictions of Use of Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) Directive of 2002/95/EC  and 2011/65/EU (RoHS2).




Maglock is protected under United States patent number 11,383,284.


  • Standard 1V Die

    1V dies available with angle range from 30 to 90 degrees and V openings between 0.25″(6.35mm) to 1.00″(25.40mm).

  • Acute

    Acute dies are available with 30 degree angles and V opening ranging from .25(6.35mm) to 2.0(50.80mm)

  • Standard

    Standard dies are available from 75-90 degree angles and V opening ranging from .25(6.35mm) to 1.00(25.40mm)

  • Large V

    Large V dies available in angles of 75 to 85 degrees and V openings between 1.125″(28.60mm) to 4.00″(101.60mm).

  • Urethane

    Urethane dies are available in angles from 30 to 90 degrees. Openings range from 0.250(6.35mm) to 2.00(50.80mm)


  • Sash

    A straight, thin punch with a sharp relief offset at the bottom that is perfect for making a door sash.

  • Arrow

    Arrow punches are available with angles from 75-90 degrees.

  • Gooseneck

    Deep profile punches designed to allow for large return flanges in the workpiece.

  • Block

    Block punches are available with a 75 degree angle.

  • Acute

    Acute punches are available with 30 degree angles.


  • Z Offset Holder

    Combination punch and die sets that produce a Z shape in one stroke.

  • Radius/Flat Insert

  • Hemming Tools

    Hemming tools are used to flatten or “hem” a part after the bend has been made. Mate hemming tools make the bend and hem in one operation.


  • Urethane Film and Holders

    Polyurethane Film/Holders

    Reduce or eliminate sheet marking during bending operations on delicate or painted materials.

  • Die Adapters

    Easily convert from one tooling style to another or extend the height of existing dies.

  • Die Extension

  • Punch Adapter

    Easily convert from one tooling style to another or extend the height of existing punches.