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Sheet Metal Stamping Dies & Processes

Stamping dies are the tools that shape and cut sheet metal parts. They are commonly developed using computer-aided design (CAD) software and analytical programs to create and prove-out highly accurate, unambiguous designs. These designs are then translated into stamping dies by skilled craftsmen, known as diemakers. Once these stamping dies are mounted into presses, sheet metal is fed to them to produce parts.

SME offers numerous resources for those interested in Sheet Metal Stamping Dies & Processes, ranging from training courses, video packages, readings and study guides.

Sheet Metal Stamping Dies & Processes

Part of the Fundamental Manufacturing Processes Video Series, this program will help you better understand how stamping dies operate. You will explore sheet metal deformation and formability, segments on dies and die functions, die lubrication, and stamping analysis.

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Study Guides

Sheet Metal Stamping Dies & Processes

After watching the program and reviewing this printed material, the viewer will gain knowledge and understanding of the stamping process and the die systems used to form sheet metal.
Tooling U-SME

Die Cutting Variables 200

This class - provided by Tooling U-SME - describes the steps that take place during a cutting operation and shows how clearance impacts the cutting process. Includes an Interactive Lab.
Technical Papers

Economics of Metal Stamping

All manufacturers of metal stampings have the same basic objective: make the parts to the users' specifications at the lowest unit part cost.
Sheet Metal Stamping Presses

Sheet Metal Stamping Presses DVD

This program provides a broad understanding of stamping presses, and includes segments on: mechanical presses, hydraulic presses, press controls, and press feeding.

SME's YouTube Channel

Our YouTube channel has hundreds of manufacturing-related videos with more than 20,000 subscribers regularly utilizing this resource.
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