Is precision metal stamping the best choice for your project?
This is the question we’re here to answer today, but it is a complex one. Many factors must be considered.
Precision metal stamping is known for two things: accuracy and speed. Since not every project needs these attributes, it’s important to consider the outcome goals associated with the project first. Factors such as costs, time, and the likelihood of changes needing to be made all impact this decision.
Below, we’ve broken down the process of precision metal stamping, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the process.
What is Precision Metal Stamping?
Precision metal stamping is focused on precise measurements and using these measurements in a mostly automated way to produce a large volume of a specific spring or metal component. By entering exact measurements and specifications, fabricators are able to produce very accurately designed products, while the automation allows for greater speed. Precision metal stamping includes a few methods, including progressive die stamping, and is used commonly in industries such as aerospace, appliance manufacturing, medical products, automotive, gas and oil, and more.
While accuracy and speed sound like great qualities, it is not right for all fabrication needs. Thinking through the budget, deadlines, and prototype needs will help suss out which metal stamping method will work best.
What are the advantages of Precision Metal Stamping?
The advantages of precision metal stamping are:
Accuracy: Without human intervention, pieces can be made very quickly with very little margin for error. This makes the process ideal for applications where precision is key and slight design errors could be costly.
Cost-Effective: This process is less expensive than other methods because of the high volume production of the same part. This results in lower manufacturing, labor, and material costs.
Detailed: The nature of precision stamping allows for very fine details to shine.
What are the disadvantages of Precision Metal Stamping?
The biggest disadvantage of precision metal stamping is for those who rely on prototypes or one-off productions. The value and cost-savings of this process come largely from the ability to produce mass quantities of the same design. Often, the costs of producing only one small prototype (not to mention the many prototypes to follow once changes are made) drastically outweigh any cost-savings off precision stamping. This isn’t always the case and the best course of action is to always discuss your needs with a reputable metal stamping company and made a plan from there.
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