Stainless Steel Stamping

Stainless steel stamping uses the deep drawn metal stamping process to form stainless steel sheet metal with a punch and die. The sheet metal is fed into the metal stamping press and progressively formed by a punch that stamps the metal into a die. Complex and even asymmetrical shapes can be created via stainless steel stamping.

Stainless Steel Stamping Manufacturers

  • Trans-Matic is a world leading manufacturer of deep drawn stampings, working with nearly every kind of metal used in the deep drawing process and are experts in deep drawing steel — including various grades of stainless steel and low carbon steel. Trans-Matic’s expert engineers can help design stampings that incorporate multiple cast or machines part into one deep drawn stainless steel stamping. From custom ferrules and eyelets to the most complex deep drawn parts, Trans-Matic has the expertise and equipment to meet the most exacting specifications and the largest runs.

Advantages of Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is typically used in deep drawn stampings for parts that will be exposed to the elements or require high wear. Stainless steel’s primary benefits are it’s corrosion resistant properties, combined with it’s very high strength.

The corrosion resistance of stainless steel means that stainless steel stampings can be used outdoors or in areas exposed to high moisture or humidity with no plating required. The stamped parts will not rust away as quickly as other metals often used in stamping.

The strength of stainless steel makes it ideal for stamped parts that that require a high strength to weight ratio, and that need to benefit from stainless steel’s wear resistance. Stainless steel also work hardens very quickly in the metal stamping process.

The downsides of stainless steel as a material used for deep drawn stamping is first that it is significantly more expensive than the alternative low carbon steel. The cost difference is even greater when compared to using aluminum for stampings. Both low carbon steel and aluminum offer lower-priced metals, but without the strength, wear resistance, and corrosion resistance of stainless steel.

The second disadvantage of stainless steel is that it’s high strength actually makes it significantly more difficult to form, and more difficult to create a variable wall thickness in parts. Thus stainless steel stamping requires a manufacturer experienced in stainless steel in particular — knowledge of stamping other metals or even other steels may not translate completely to the stainless steel stamping process.

 

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