Precision Metal Stamping Services
Metal Stamping is an important process that allows metal manufacturers to form metal into the desired shape efficiently and with great precision. This method of metal fabrication is used to create many parts for bicycles, airplanes, and even cans. Stamping plays a pivotal role in aerospace and automotive industries that require very precise metal parts. Here at ABT Metals we are proud to offer reliable and efficient metal stamping services in North Carolina.
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What are the different kinds of metal stamping?
There are few kinds of metal stamping that are listed below.
Metal Stamping in Steel
This style of metal stamping is used When corrosion and weight are not an issue, but strength is necessary. Steel is a commonly used metal stamping material due to its strength, availability, and inexpensive cost. For extra adaptability, coil-fed steel and steel blanks are used in this form of stamping.
Metal Stamping in Aluminum
This form of stamping has a lot of advantages, which is why it’s one of the top most popular metal stampings. The most often used aluminum grades for metal stamping are 1100, 2024, 3003, 5052, and 6061. Some of the reasons why aluminum is widely used for stamping are as follows:
It’s a soft alloy that’s easy to work with.
- It’s not too heavy.
- It has a high weight-to-strength ratio.
- It’s safe to use.
- It is corrosion-resistant.
What sheet metal gauges can be stamped?
Heavy Gauge Metal Stamping is a word that refers to metal stamping that uses a raw material that is thicker than average. A stamping press with a higher tonnage is required to create a metal stamping made from a thicker grade of material.
Stamping thin metals, such as those used in the automobile and appliance sectors, has evolved into an art form. This is the outcome of improving the tests used to determine mechanical characteristics and formability.
Blanking and forming thick metals, on the other hand, is still an art that necessitates a high level of knowledge in terms of material selection, press selection, tool design and construction, and lubricant selection. The inherent features of thick metals need unique rolling mill techniques, which is one of the main reasons for this. As a result, the product is less homogeneous, necessitating the use of special stamping techniques to compensate for variances in material characteristics and formability.
Metal Sheets from 24-Gauge to 20-Gauge
Sheets ranging from 24-gauge to 20-gauge are suitable for metal stamping and available in brass, copper, and sterling silver—a wide range of options to choose from!
Advantages and disadvantages of sheet metal stamping
Every industrial setup has its own set of requirements, and there are numerous aspects to consider when determining whether or not a specific process is advantageous. There is no universal rule for determining if a sheet metal stamping design is perfect or has flaws.
Here are some of the benefits and disadvantages of which will aid industries in determining their specific needs.
Stamped parts are extremely strong, rigid, and light in weight. Painting, coat surfacing, powder coating, and electroplating are some of the fantastic finishing capabilities they provide.
This method necessitates fewer efforts and a narrower set of abilities from personnel.
Short Term Production Expensive
This process requires tooling in advance, which makes low-scale and short-term production expensive and inefficient because equipment creation and manufacture takes a long time, and if any changes are required, additional costs and troubles in altering the equipment may arise.
What materials can be used for metal stamping?
The four most popular metals used in metal stamping, as well as the advantages they provide, are listed below.
Aluminum is a non-ferrous metal with a minimum cost, a high strength-to-weight ratio, and the ability to be produced at fast speeds. Its strength-to-weight ratio allows for the creation of components that are both strong and light.
Aluminum is also thermally and electrically conductive, and it is resistant to harm from electrical charges or heat. It also has the profitable part of not needing to be coated during the finishing process, though it can be anodized to increase its appearance and corrosion resistance.
Stainless steel is a ferrous metal with high chromium, molybdenum, and nickel content. Stainless steel has a higher corrosion resistance than other forms of steel due to the addition of these metals. This metal comes in various forms, each with its own set of qualities to suit certain purposes.
Stainless steel is extremely tough, has high tensile strength, and retains its strength and properties even when subjected to extreme temperatures. Stainless steel is more durable and harder than carbon steel, making it perfect for blades and cutting instruments. It also resists stains, making it simple to clean and maintain.
Steel Made of Carbon
Flat sheets and coils of carbon steel are both available. The metal’s composition differs from stainless steel in that it contains 2.1 percent carbon by weight, is less ductile, and has lower corrosion resistance. Carbon steel has various advantages for metal stamping, including its inexpensive cost and great strength. Carbon steel may also be soldered and is a long-lasting metal with adequate care.
Brass & Copper
Copper is easily formed, making it ideal for producing one-piece seamless components quickly. It also works well with cold forming methods, which harden the metal. Copper is a low-maintenance, corrosion-resistant metal with natural sanitary characteristics that make it ideal for use in the medical and beverage sectors.
Brass is a copper-zinc alloy that preserves many of the advantages of copper. Brass has a flat surface, is corrosion-resistant, solders easily, and has high conductivity, making it ideal for a wide range of electronic applications.
Common Things made using sheet metal stamping
The list below includes the most often requested deep-drawn products in the industry.
Enclosures and Housing Made of Metal
Cases, cans, covers, and containers are examples of metal housings and enclosures. Many industrial applications, such as aerospace and aviation, electrical automobile, battery production, and others, require these types of components.
Cups, Cans, and Shells Made of Metal
Cups, cans, and shells are some of the most adaptable metal stamping goods on the market. These items are designed to be seamless, with thin walls, and can be used in a vast range of applications, from industrial to consumer goods.
Products for Decorative Stamping
A wide range of components and parts can benefit from decorative approaches. Metal embossing, edging, and patterning are common decorative techniques that add style and unique design to metal components. These can be customized in a number of ways, including metal kind, form, and size.
ABT Metals Stamping Process
Metal Stamping is the process of transforming and remolding sheet metal into various shapes. Metal stamping is a cold-forming process that uses dies and stamping presses to forge metals at near room temperatures. In this process, the blanks, or the flat metal sheets, are placed into a sheet metal stamping press that uses a stamping die surface, among other tools, to transform the blank metal sheet into a new shape. This process speeds up the production of high volume and precisely uniform and identical metal parts and components.
Metal stamping developed as a cold forming method for creating bicycle frames and handlebars during the industrial revolution. It has evolved into an important part of modern industry for the manufacturing of parts and components for a vast range of industries since its inception in Germany. Because of the cheaper cost of the stamping technique, the early car industry switched from forging to metal stamping for part production.
The products of metal stamping, called pressing or stampings, are used in many essential products in today’s modern society. Such products include bicycle parts, airplane parts, and entire cans, to name a few. Furthermore, pressings and stampings are vital, instrumental components for various industries, such as aerospace and automotive.
ABT Metals Stamping Equipment
Metal stamping machines can do so much more than just stamping. They can also cast, punch, cut, and shape blanks or metal sheets. Plus, you can use a computer numerically control (CNC) system to ensure repeatability and precision. Furthermore, electrical discharge machining (EDM) and computer-aided design (CAD) programs guarantee accuracy.
Additionally, there is also a wide set of options for tooling machines for the dies used in the stampings. Particularly, progressive, forming, compound, and carbide tooling perform particular stamping needs.
The versatility of metal stamping equipment is what makes it invaluable to so many different industries.
ABT Metals Metal Stamping Services
At ABT Metals, we hire and train a lineup of smart, motivated people not only to operate our stamping and fabrication equipment safely but, more importantly, to ensure that our clients’ needs are met and satisfied on the shop floor.
At ABT Metals, we invest millions of dollars annually in securing the latest stamping equipment, fabrication equipment, and supporting operation equipment, all for the goal of delivering and guaranteeing high-quality and high-precision metal stampings and metal fabrications.
ATB Metals is the leading metal stamping company that uses the latest technology in automating and standardizing our processes to bring you the most accurate and the best metal stampings and sheet metal fabrications there is in the market. If you would like a quote for your metal stamping job requirements give us a call or fill out the online contact form. We look forward to helping you.