Precision metal stamping is a manufacturing technique used to turn sheets of metal into the desired size and shape of the parts needed for cars, electronics, tools, medical equipment, and much more. This process enables fast and accurate production of a wide variety of metal components by combining varied operations such as stamping, drawing, folding, and piercing into a single operation or series of connected operations.
Common products that rely on precision metal stamping for production include:
- Hand and Power Tool Components
- Contact Elements
- Injection Mold Inserts
- Fastening Components (for Furniture, Luggage, etc.)
The efficiency of precision metal stamping processes facilitate significant reductions in production time, labor costs, and the risk of error. This makes it ideal for large production runs.
The Basics of Metal Stamping
Using high-tonnage presses and stamping dies, sheets of metal are turned into complete parts and components for all sorts of equipment and other uses. Depending on the complexity of the part, it may be possible to shape the entire piece with one stroke of the press—known as a single-stage operation. In other cases, it may take multiple strokes—a series operation—to complete the piece.
Before the stamped products can be made, they must be designed. Stamping professionals use computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to design the tooling. This can be a time-consuming process, since precision is of utmost importance and there might be dozens if not hundreds of pieces to consider. However, once the design is set, it can be used to make as many replicas of the item as needed.
The next step in the metal stamping process puts the sheet metal into the stamping press. Techniques such as punching, embossing, bending, stretching, and curling are used to create the desired product based on the finalized design.
Precision metal stamping offers significant advantages over competitive metal forming methods. Such advantages include:
- Speed. Precision metal stamping allows operations to significantly cut down production time. The automation saves hours of labor.
- Accuracy. Once the tooling is designed, it will work to precisely replicate even the most intricate and complex shapes and tolerances time and again. The newest technology and techniques allow for even greater precision.
- Cost. The bigger the project, the more economical will be with precision metal stamping. The majority of the labor comes from the tooling design process. Automation allows for consistent production with little manual labor.
Custom metal stamping can be used on many different metal types, including:
- Stainless Steel
- Galvanized Steel
- Cold/Hot Rolled Steel
- High Strength Low Alloy Steel
High-Quality Stamped Products Since 1981
American Industrial Company (AIC) has specialized in metal stamping since 1981, and we are proud to provide high-quality manufacturing services in the Chicago area and throughout North America. We’re committed to offering competitive pricing and short delivery times while maintaining our focus on Lean manufacturing principles. We also guarantee quality with our ISO 9001:2015 standards certification.
As a flexible, customer-oriented metal stamping company, American Industrial works with both small and large runs to suit your needs. We ensure a long tooling life as well as consistency and uniformity in your finished products. Over the years, we’ve helped create a wide variety of components for satisfied customers.
Learn More From Our Metal Stamping Experts
At AIC, our capabilities cover large projects to small projects and simple components to complex components. With our years of experience and commitment to excellence, we possess advanced metal stamping capabilities to meet your needs.
We understand that choosing a manufacturer is a big decision, and it’s important for you to find the right metal stamping company for your project. Download our e-book, What to Look for in a Metal Stamping Vendor, to make sure you’re carefully assessing the most important factors when it comes to choosing a company for your custom metal stamping.
If you have any questions about precision metal stamping, your specific project, or what it’s like to work with us, please contact us.