Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Commonly Used Metal Stamping Die Types

Commonly Used Type of Dies
The following dies can process various materials such as metal, plastics, paper, etc.. Materials can come in a form of sheet, strip or coil. They can be shaped, like tubing, extrusions, channels, etc.

Blanking Dies, Single Step or Progressive
• Blanking
• Piercing
• Lancing
• Shearing or cut off
• Trimming
• Shaving
• Compound
• Fine blanking

Forming Dies
• Forming, bending/with hard tooling
• Rubber forming
• Hydro forming
• Explosion forming
• Curling
• Coining
• Embossing
• Extruding
• Bulging
• Swaging
• Drawing/deep drawing

Progressive Dies or Combination of 
Some of the Above
Progressive dies are usually built for automated lines where there is no, or minimum operator input required.

Miscellaneous Dies
• Steel rule die
• Rotary die
• Side CAM die

Blanking and Forming Dies 
Can be used for both low, medium or high volume production, using different type of power sources such as:

• Hand powered
• Mechanical
• Hydraulic
• Pneumatic
• Electric

The above can be manually operated or demi or fully automated and PLC controlled.

The type of tooling and method is determined by a combination of factors, such as volume of production, available facility, budget and other resources.

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