Stamped metal parts are widely used for their consistent quality and competitive pricing. Precision metal stamping is ideal for tight-tolerance metal components in the automotive, agricultural, industrial, and consumer products markets.
Why Stamped Metal Parts are Preferred
To form metal parts, manufacturers can choose from several processes, such as casting, forging, and machining. Each may have its place, but metal stamping is highly preferred for high-precision, thin-walled, complex parts.
Casting (pouring molten metal in a mold) cannot deliver the precision metal stamping produces and requires additional processing to get a smooth finish. Forged parts are also less precise, and some shapes and fine details may be challenging to create. Machining, which involves removing material from a solid metal block, can be costly for large volumes and wastes a lot of material.
Stamped metal parts can be produced quickly in high volumes. Once the initial tooling is set up, metal stamping is a cost-effective manufacturing method, as each part is relatively inexpensive to produce. And because the same tooling is used for each piece, metal stamping ensures a high degree of consistency from part to part. It offers much less material waste than other subtracting manufacturing methods, such as machining.
Stamped Metal Parts Across Industries
Stamped metal parts are pervasive across industries, and new designs are constantly being developed, making it impossible to mention all the uses. Below we touch on some of the common stamped parts in automotive, agricultural, industrial, and consumer industries.
Automotive manufacturers rely heavily on the high quality and precision of metal-stamped products to manufacture cars and trucks. Stamped sheet metal is used to make a large variety of parts, including the chassis, engine and transmission mechanical components, hub caps, fenders, and seat belts. Metal stamping allows automobile manufacturers to streamline manufacturing and ensure high-quality components are used in their automobiles.
The agricultural industry finds incredible value in the metal stamping process for providing durable, corrosion-resistant metal pieces. Heavy farm machinery and tractors, grain handling equipment, planting and harvesting equipment, livestock feeding machinery, and more have components that can be precision crafted using metal stamping.
The industrial market encompasses a broad spectrum of equipment and machinery. Some common stamped metal parts for this industry include brackets, gears, plates, housings, and fasteners. Automation and robotics industries have seen tremendous growth in recent years and depend on precision durability and consistent parts, making metal stamping ideal for producing structural components, gears, components of sensors and actuators, connectors and terminals, and robotic end effectors.
Like other industries, metal stamping provides excellent value for consumer product components. These products benefit from metal stamping’s ability to meet tight tolerances and precise manufacturing requirements. In a competitive industry, quality matters, and metal stamping delivers consistently. Components of virtually any shape and form can be stamped for appliances, lighting, home décor, furniture assembly components, and
tools and fixtures.
Enhancing Metal Stamping with Insert Molding
Some stamped components require plastic to be added. This is often done through insert molding. Insert molding is when plastic is injection molded over part of the stamped component.
A common use for insert molding is hand tools, as it can be used to create handles for blades and tools. It is also an ideal solution for a plastic component that requires a metal component for assembly. In the automotive industry, insert molding is used for seat belt components, grab handles, sun visor components, and other similar applications. Insert molding can also be used for electrical components, pins, or any component that can withstand the temperatures and pressures of injection molding.
When the same manufacturer combines overmolding with metal stamping, companies see many benefits, including a streamlined purchase process, enhanced quality, advanced design solutions, and reduced lead times.
Working With An Experienced Metal Stamping Manufacturer
LMC Industries has extensive experience across industries, which gives us insight that helps us find solutions to complex challenges. Whether your component requires progressive stamping, four-slide stamping, or deep draw stamping, we will work with you to design the most cost-effective solution. In die tapping and hardware insertion is also with our progressive stamping, increasing efficiency and providing greater precision.
In addition to metal stamping, we offer insert molding, allowing us to create a completed product in-house. By providing extensive plastic and metal parts capabilities, we strive to maximize your ROI by delivering cost-effective, defect-free solutions.
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