OEMs throughout Minnesota and across the country have options to consider in producing parts and components for any type of fabrication or manufacturing process. A very traditional option and one that offers both low cost and high efficiency is the use of precision metal stamping.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths that surround the use of precision metal stamping that may prevent an OEM from considering this method of production for metal parts and components made from sheet metal. Working through the misconceptions can clear up these issues and provide accurate information on this very effective method for part production.
Myth 1: Metal stamping is not precision work
The technology and the ability to produce precision metal stamping makes this statement an obvious myth. With large ton presses, sheet metal can be formed into both simple and complex shapes that are highly precise.
The precision aspect of quality metal stamping is recognized by the automotive industry, the aerospace industry, as well as in parts and components for electronics, telecommunication devices and for a wide range of parts for appliances, small and large equipment, and HVAC system parts produced in Minnesota.
Myth 2: Metal stamping requires additional services for a finished part
This statement is not only false, but it is actually a complete reversal of the fact. As metal stamping is done at room temperature, and complex shapes use a progressive set of die to form the metal sheet, there is limited waste, finishing requirements for the use of grinding, stress relief or post-process treatment of the metal.
Myth 3: Metal stamping is only used for aluminum and stainless steel
While much of the automotive and electrical metal stamping does use stainless steel or aluminum sheet, any type of metals or alloys can be formed using this process. With the capacity to work with material that is as thin as 0.003 inches, metal stamping can be done with brass, copper, platinum, beryllium copper, gold, bronze and even some types of non-metal and exotic materials.
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