Get to Know Metal Stamping

Get to Know Metal Stamping Frontier Metal Stamping DenverYou should get to know metal stamping because our capacities at Frontier Metal Stamping in Denver can produce so many everyday items, such as clamps, brackets, shims, covers, trays, latches, locks, channels, handles, household fixtures, jewelry, headliner clips, retail clips, siding clips, accessories, transmission parts, electronic parts, data bus connector, heater components, valves and much more.

Frontier Metal Stamping in Denver provides cost-effective metal stamping and parts fabrication for a variety of industries and applications. We bring state-of-the-art equipment and experienced staff to help companies fulfill their unique and exact requirements. So, let’s get to know metal stamping.

What is stamping?

Stamping, sometimes called pressing, involves putting a flat sheet metal (blank or coil form) into a stamping press. In the press, a tool and die surface makes the metal into a net shape. It can include manufacturing processes, like punching using a machine press or stamping press, blanking, embossing, bending, flanging, and coining. This metal production service is sometimes a one stage operation where every stroke of the press makes the desired form on the sheet metal part, or it can be a series of stages. Stamping is usually done on cold metal sheets.

How did stamping start?

To reduce costs, stamping replaced die forging and machining. In the 1890s, stamped bike parts were being imported into the United States from Germany. Soon, U.S. machine tool makers built stamping machines for bike parts. Then car manufacturers began stamping parts for cars. Ford was reluctant at first, but couldn’t meet the demand with die forged parts, so they also began using stampings as well.

What is stamping lubricant?

Friction is generated from the tribology process, so a lubricant is used to protect the tool and die surface from scratching or galling. It also helps protect the finished part from rips, tears or wrinkles. Lubricants (water-based) can come from plant and mineral oil, animal fat or lard, graphite, soap, and acrylic. A new polymer synthetic lubricant (oil-free or non-oil) is used as well.

What industries use metal stamping?

Once you get to know metal stamping, you’ll see that it can be applied to a variety of materials but may require the forming and processing of base common metals to rare alloys for their application-specific advantages. For example, in the aerospace, electrical and defense industries need the electrical or thermal conductivity of beryllium copper and the automotive industry requires the high strength application of steel and its many alloys.

Many industries use metal stamping, including aerospace, agriculture, ammunitions, appliances, automotive, commercial, construction, electronics, HVAC, lawn care equipment, lighting, lock hardware, marine, medical, plumbing, power storage, power tools, and small engines.

How does stamping simulation save money and time?

This technology that calculates the process of sheet metal stamping, predicting defects like splits, wrinkles, springback, and thinning, is called sheet metal forming simulation or forming simulation.

What’s interesting about this is stamping simulation allows the sheet metal part forming process to be simulated in the virtual environment of a personal computer. This saves time and money. This process lets sheet metal part designers change designs quickly. This is important to manufacturing and similar to the automotive industry where lead time to market, cost, and lean manufacturing are vital to a bottom line.

What is the future of micro-stamping?

Sheet metal stamping has served well in vehicle, aircraft, and packaging applications. There is new research into micro-stamping. Micro-punching machines, as well as micro-bending, continue to be explored as alternatives to machining and chemical etching.

Research is continuing for sheet metal micro-stamping used for electrical connectors, micro-meshes, micro-switches, micro-cups for electron guns, wristwatch components, handheld device components, and medical devices. There continue to be some concerns about things like quality control, high-volume application, and the need for material research into mechanical properties. These issues need to be resolved before it has widespread use. Frontier is aware and implementing micro-stamping processes as the technology matures.

Once you get to know metal stamping, you’ll see how it’s used in so many applications. Frontier Metal Stamping serves companies worldwide in aerospace and defense, consumer goods, medical, automotive and transportation, electronics, recreation, energy and mining, construction, and agriculture industries.

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