Stamping is the process of using a mechanical or hydraulic stamping press to create an indentation in the metal to bend or shape it.
It’s commonly used for forming shapes, letters, or images on the sheet metal, but is also used for processes like bending, stretching, hemming, flanging, and curling for more complex projects.
Stamping presses can mold metal into more complex forms – including four-sided forming.
Metal coining for items like coins or small parts for electronics is also possible.
Customized dies are created for individual projects.
- Faster and cost-effective production for large volume production
- Accuracy and precision for complex shapes and producing identical pieces
- Once the die is created, can produce large volumes quickly
- Well suited for small parts requiring micro-precision
- Versatile sheet metal fabrication process that can include punching, blanking, embossing, flanging, bending, or coining
- Scrap leftovers can be recycled
- Higher pre-production time to make a custom die
- Changes once the die is created are costly and impact the schedule
- Errors in the die result in errors with entire production
- Pieces may require additional sheet metal fabrication processes including deburring, tapping, reaming, or counterboring
- Less cost effective for smaller order production
- Must use materials that are malleable enough to form without breaking