When it comes to stamped metals, the uses of stamped metals are used for multiple tasks many consumers use everyday for either work or in their daily lives. Many of the uses include household appliances such as dryers and washing machines, silverware, gun shells, solid gold jewelry as well as cigarette lighters and computers. Even some cars many consumers drive everyday are designed and built with stamped metals, as well as pots and pans consumers cook with either for work or at home.
The process of stamping metals includes the process of being able to convert flat sheets of metal into certain shapes needed for various products and needs for consumers. A few metal forming techniques used in the process of metal stamping include punching, bending, blanking as well as piercing and so much more. Creating the best outcome of using metal stampings for various uses are important when it comes to the appearance of the product, the ability of the worker who processes the metal and forms the metal into the proper shape needed as well as the finished product.
There’s various types of stamping such as Progressive Die Stamping, Fourslide Stamping, Deep Draw Stamping and Short Run Stamping. Progressive Stamping uses various stations to create a different cut, bend or punch specifically to job requirement needed for creating metal tools and much more. Manufacturers use Progressive Die Stamping for multiple reasons for metal parts with different and complex geometry and measurements such as lower labor costs, shorter run length of the machines, faster turnaround as well as higher repeatability. Fourslide Stamping allows the manufacturer the ability to make intricate cuts and complex bends compared to other types of bending solutions and machines, even if the metal is needed to be bent at a complex angle for complex parts. A few advantages manufacturers gain with using Fourslide Stamping for in their work include more flexibility of the metal for changes in designs as well as versatility of each complex part for an array of complex parts needed. Deep Draw Stamping gives blank, flat sheet metals a punch therefore forming it into a shape, meaning the depth of the metal is designed to exceed the diameter. In return for using the Deep Draw Stamping is giving the manufacturer a cost effective way of processing the bending of sheet metals. Main uses for Deep Draw Stamping include electronic relays, utensils, cookware and aircraft parts. Short Run Stamping is mainly used for solutions for prototypes as well as smaller projects that require sheet metals, this type of stamping also gives the sheet metals a bend, drill or punch into the part.
The process of stamping metals is a hands on type of job, metal stamping in a way is meant for experienced workers due to the importance of appearance, accuracy and ability to accomplish the job and make sure the bends and punches in each piece of metal is done correctly. For those who want to start out as a beginner, always strive for more knowledge from experienced stampers in order to perfect your techniques. A few other key factors that affect the way flat sheet metals can be processed and bent or punched includes if the metal needs to have any type of stamped dyes, or the type of stamping needed for multiple types of uses with the metals for the intended purpose or outcome. The importance of using stamped dyes as well as the stamping tools effects how well the finished product looks as well as performs, which is one of the reasons why experienced stampers always tell beginners to expand their knowledge and learn more and more.