Steel is an alloy of iron and carbon containing less than 2% carbon and 1% manganese and small amounts of silicon, phosphorus, sulphur and oxygen. Steel is the world's most important engineering and construction material. It is used in every aspect of our lives; in cars and construction products, refrigerators and washing machines, cargo ships and surgical scalpels.
The steel metal stamping process utilizes dies to transform flat metal sheets into shapes. The deep drawn metal stampings process is used for producing large parts for automotive and machinery industries, however steel metal sheets can also be molded into shapes for household items like pots and pans.
Steel that is used for deep drawn metal stampings is produced in one of two ways. The first being the blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BF-BOF) manufacturing process and the second being electric arc furnace (EAF) processing.
The key difference between the two methods is the type of raw materials they consume. The BF-BOF application predominantly uses iron ore, coal, and recycled steel, while the EAF route produces steel using mainly recycled steel and electricity. Depending on the plant configuration and availability of recycled steel, other sources of metallic iron such as direct-reduced iron (DRI) or hot metal can also be used in the EAF manufacturing process.
Galvanized Steel Deep Drawn Metal Stampings
Galvanization is the process of applying a protective coating to steel or iron. The coating is made from zinc and is used to halt the formation of rust. Galvanization is important because it provides long-lasting protection for steel and iron products. Galvanization protects steel by preventing corrosive substances from reaching the metal itself. A galvanized coating will also act as a “sacrificial layer”—if corrosion does take hold of the material, the zinc will corrode before the steel underneath is affected.
Deep drawn galvanized steel is used for precision metal stampings since it is a “cold working” process, which automatically work-hardens the material. As the galvanized steel is stretched and formed into its final shape, the metal’s grain structure is altered. This results in steel metal stampings with greater physical strength than the original base material.
Galvanized Steel Benefits
Galvanized steel is a highly durable, low maintenance material that is ideal for the steel metal stamping process. Some of the benefits of utilizing galvanized steel for the precision metal stampings method, include:
- Long lasting
- Galvanizing is a quick process
- Ultimate protection
Cold Rolled Steel Deep Drawn Metal Stampings
Cold rolled steel is a type of steel that has been rolled or pressed into a thin-gauge sheet. The cold rolling process increases the strength of the material through strain hardening. Cold rolling can boost the strength of steel by as much as 20 percent or more, depending on the specifics of the process and the quality of the material.
This type of steel exhibits many of the characteristics of untreated steel; It is lighter than standard steel but offers the same strength and stiffness. Cold rolled steel can be tempered during manufacturing to meet one of five standard hardness ratings, from Hard to Dead Soft; custom tempers can also be created. This material is less ductile than hot rolled steel, but its ductility can be partially restored through annealing or other heat-treating processes.
Cold Rolled Steel Benefits
Cold rolled steel for deep drawn metal stampings due to a wide range of advantageous factors. This practical and constructive steel product has several benefits, including:
- Highly adaptable
- Easy to customize
- Short manufacturing time
- Excellent strength to weight ratio
- Limited waste
- Can be punched, pierced, curved or folded
Stainless Steel Deep Drawn Metal Stampings
Stainless steel is a steel alloy containing a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. Other materials, such as nickel, niobium, and molybdenum may also be included. The material is ideal for applications where both the physical properties of steel and corrosion resistance are needed.
The chromium passive oxide layer of stainless steel prevents oxygen diffusion on the surface of the stainless steel and prohibits corrosion from spreading to the material’s internal structure. If the chromium oxide layer is cut, scratched, or otherwise damaged, a new layer of oxide will rapidly form to cover the exposed area, protecting it from corrosion.
The deep drawn precision metal stampings process for stainless steel stretches and alters the steel as it is formed into its shape. Deep drawn stainless steel metal stampings have much greater physical strength than the original material from which it's made.
Stainless Steel Benefits
Deep drawn stainless steel parts are ideal for a wide range of industrial applications. Some of the benefits of utilizing stainless steel for a deep drawn stainless steel metal stamping, include:
- High corrosion resistance
- Distinctive appearance
- Easily cleaned & sterilized
- Extremely low maintenance
Precision Metal Stampings Industries Served
For custom steel deep drawn metal stampings people throughout the world rely on steel and the steel manufacturing process. Steel delivers the high quality, high-performance and precision oriented deep drawn metal stampings that are required for advanced quality parts and prototypes. Steel metal stamping is used daily for thousands upon thousands of applications across the globe, some of the industries that regularly utilize steel precision metal stampings, include:
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