When turning stock metal sheets into various parts and components, they are typically subjected by industries to various manufacturing processes. One of the manufacturing processes that can be done to stock metal sheets is metal stamping.
Metal stamping is a process wherein stock metal sheets that are naturally flat are converted into specific simple to complex shapes. Through various forming techniques such as punching, blanking, piercing, and blending, the metal stamping process can produce products that are truly needed by a wide array of industries. The said process can likewise come up with a lot of products in just a short time.
For the metal stamping process to be effective and efficient, industries often turn to high-quality sheet metal stamping dies.
A Quick Background of Stamping Dies
Sheet metal stamping dies are tools that can aid in cutting and shaping sheet metal parts. The cutting and forming sections of the dies are typically made from tool steel, which is a material that is known for its abrasion resistance, distinctive hardness, and ability to resist deformation and extreme temperatures.
While the metal stamping process is usually done under normal room temperature, the interaction between the stamping dies and the metal sheets can generate enough heat due to friction. Hence, stamping dies must still be made from materials that can withstand excessive heat and friction.
For the stamping dies to have precise designs and form factors, they are normally designed through computer-aided design software and analytical programs.
Different Varieties of Stamping Dies
The process of metal stamping can be done in various ways. Some of the techniques under the metal stamping process include cutting, blanking, lancing, shearing, notching, and piercing.
To ensure that these techniques can be done, different types of stamping dies are available for manufacturers and industries. Some types of sheet metal stamping dies that can be used by manufacturers are trimming dies, blanking dies, and shearing dies. Trimming dies are utilised to cut the outside perimeter of formed products. Blanking dies, alternatively, can be used for works that require saving of slug for further processing and cutting of finished workpieces. Shearing dies are then maximised to cut metal sheets along a straight line.
Progressive dies are another type of stamping dies that are known for their versatility. They can carry out multiple cutting and forming operations in just one go, making them capable of producing a high volume of products without compromising accuracy and consistency.
Stamping Dies Uses and Applications
The stamping dies are typically placed to a stamping tool. The process of stamping ensures that the internal pressure in the workpiece is relieved, preventing any deformation after carrying out the process.
Different products can take advantage of stamping dies and the stamping process itself. These products are fasteners, lighting fittings, home appliances, telecommunication systems, medical equipment, electronics, agricultural products, furniture pieces, ventilation systems, and locks.
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