How Does Sheet Metal Stamping Work?

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Sheet metal stamping is a manufacturing process that is used to alter metal into different shapes. Metal components are necessary for a vast array of applications in myriad industries, which makes metal stamping a very important procedure in our modern world. 

At a base level, sheet metal stamping is fairly simple. A piece of metal is inserted into a stamping press, between two dies (one on the top and one on the bottom). The stamping press pushes the top die down with tremendous force, causing the metal piece to take on the shape of the die. 

The most basic metal stamping procedure is called blanking. Blanking works like this: sheet metal is inserted into the stamping press, and a die is used to cut out a piece in a specific shape. The resulting piece is called a blank.

Piercing is another common sheet metal stamping procedure. Piercing is essentially the inverse of blanking. Dies are used to cut shapes out of a piece of metal, but instead of saving the blanks, the manufacturer uses the original piece of metal, now with holes punched out. 

One of the most complicated metal stamping techniques is drawing. Drawing is used to form deep depressions in a piece of metal. It’s very useful for manufacturing things like cooking equipment, sinks, and even oil pans for vehicles. During the drawing process, technicians use tension to draw the material being formed into a cavity, thus changing its shape. 

At Stone City Products, we are sheet metal stamping experts. Between our experienced team and cutting edge technology, we have the capabilities required to help you with your next metal stamping project. Want to learn more? Contact us at (800) 960-3373 or today.