It may surprise some people to know that the global market for metal stamping is predicted to reach nearly $300 billion by 2025. That’s a huge number but it makes sense given the many industries in which metal stamping plays a key role including consumer electronics, electrical, industrial machinery, telecommunications, automotive, aerospace and military. Metal stamping continues to grow because of the increasing use of sheet metal applications for which it is highly useful. Combined with the decline in metal prices, this makes the manufacture of precision metal parts more affordable.
The Advantages of Metal Stamping
The advantages of metal stamping include:
- Cutting complex shapes and producing parts precisely.
- Producing parts efficiently. Production processes using metal stamping can be accomplished more quickly, using less labor time and fewer laborers than old methods.
- Producing consistent high-quality precision parts.
The Importance of Metal Stamping
Many industries have seen great progress, in part due to the contributions of metal stamping. For example:
- The medical industry is provided with better surgical tools because metal components can be precision fabricated in tiny thicknesses.
- The automotive industry continues to introduce faster, more efficient and lighter vehicles with the latest technology. Precision metal stamping provides many of those components.
- The aerospace industry relies on success in flight where there is no room for error. Precision gauges and metal fabricated parts provide that assurance.
- The defense industry has significant needs for the most efficient combat equipment including reliable and trustworthy parts for its many military applications.
Military Benefits from Metal Stamping
Parts and components produced for military and defense applications require that there is no room for error, or in other words, defect-free. Military specifications, called MIL-SPEC, provide a high standard for acceptable state-of-the-art military parts and components. These standards require the production of high quality, complex parts, with zero defects in consistent high-volume production runs.
Manufacturing to meet these high standards requires:
- The use of state-of-the-art technologies and equipment.
- Production capabilities, techniques and skills applied to deliver very tight tolerances with ultra-high precision and reliability.
- Rigorous performance of quality verification processes and removal of any defective parts.
Metals for military applications can include aluminum, copper, brass, cold-rolled steel, stainless steel and high carbon steel. These metals contribute to a vast number of applications with demands including the durability of parts and part aesthetics. High-quality outcomes require extreme attention to detail and quality for every part and component produced.
The wide range of military parts can include, for example:
- Battery terminal contacts, cables and connectors.
- Brackets, bus bars and clips.
- Compression limiters.
- Fuse boxes and clips.
- Hose clamps.
- Housings and inserts.
- Lighting components.
- Sensor components.
- Tail landing gear collars.
- Tail landing gear bushings and housings.
- Pilot assist module manifold.
- Bell crank machine bushings.
- Throttle blades and throttle shafts.
Clearly, the applications are many and varied. All require superb quality with no room for deviation, with a strong emphasis on performance quality and production efficiency.
Seek Proven Expertise for Your Precision Metal Stamping Needs
Contact Velocity Metalworks, serving the Greater St. Louis area and the Midwest. We have been recognized as a valued partner in the metal stamping industry for our strong tool design and build competency. With our metal stamping capacity, precision machining services and EDM capability, we provide the superior experience, precision and quality you can depend on.