Metal stamping dies are used to create simple or complex shapes on a large sheet of metal. The die can create a basic relief image, or it can be used to create a sturdy three-dimensional object from a flat sheet of metal. Progressive die stamping involves feeding a single piece of metal through several different die stations simultaneously. This saves time by reducing the number of times the metal sheet needs to be reinserted in the stamping die equipment.
Hot foil stamping is used to create decorative foil imprinting and monogramming on albums, invitations, etc. Hot foil stamping utilizes much smaller machines that stamp one item at a time.
When looking for stamping dies, consider the following points:
1. Purchase custom made dies to ensure compatibility with your machines.
2. Verify that the die manufacturer has the appropriate certifications.
3. Consider designing and manufacturing stamping dies for other companies.
Locate a company that can make custom dies specifically for your equipmentAutomotive stamping dies, as well as all other stamping dies, need to be custom built to fit in your stamping machinery. Tool and die manufacturers take your specific measurements and create single or modular stamping dies to order.
Ensure the stamping die manufacturer has the appropriate certificationsStamping die manufacturers should have ISO 9001 certification, which shows that the company follows and monitors necessary processes, keeps records and verifies line production for conformance to standards. Companies that are ISO 9001 certified follow the standards for quality management systems, and are audited on a regular basis to ensure they continually produce the highest quality materials.
Become a stamping die supplierDesigning and manufacturing dies is a booming business. Instead of paying others to create a metal stamping die design, you could successfully create your own dies and offer to manufacture stamping dies for other businesses too. Purchasing the machine to complete the printing process may be costly up front, but after a few projects the machine will pay for itself.
- Always check the maximum sheet thickness assigned to the individual dies and the stamping press. Using metal sheets that are too thick can damage the stamping press and decrease the lifespan of the stamping die.