With the 2015 upgrades to the ISO9001 and 14001 standards, and the 2016 alignment of the automotive standard TS16949 (now designated as IATF16949).
Rapid prototyping at H T Brigham adds value for customers
The benefits of 3D printing have been widely reported; fast, low-cost and kind to the environment. This rapid prototyping allows working concepts to be ruled in or out more quickly, speeding up the development process and reducing the project lead time as a whole.
HT Brigham digs deeper into the deep drawn stamping process and draws attention to its strength enhancing, waste minimising and cost-efficiency benefits.
With applications for vehicles, electronics, and food & beverage industries, deep drawn stamping is a process integral to the manufacture of many metal components, making up the plethora of products, appliances and equipment we all use every day, at home and in the workplace. In layman’s terms, deep drawn stamping is a manufacturing process for high precision metal components; everything from small, individual, intricate parts that fit perfectly together to the proverbial kitchen sink (a complete, seamless deep drawn stamped item.)
From a more technical perspective, today’s state of the art deep drawn stamping equipment and methodology enables rapid, high volume and low cost production of deep drawn stampings for components adopted across industries as diverse as automotive and pharmaceutical.
Deep drawn stamping defined
How does deep drawing differ from other sheet metal forming processes? It’s a shape-transformation process in which a sheet metal blank is drawn into a forming die via the mechanical action of a punch. Size matters. To be ‘deep’ drawn, the depth of the drawn part must exceed its diameter – achieved by redrawing the part through a series of dies.
More strength, less waste
Progressive formation of metal into a 3D shape results in a component with greater strength properties than the base metal itself (typically aluminium, brass, steel or copper although less common grades may be suitable.)
The resultant components may be symmetrical or asymmetrical, making the process extremely versatile. Components can be partially deep drawn, creating a series of diameters throughout the component. Manufacturing in this way can be more cost effective than turning, moulding, or machining parts and deep drawn stampings use less metal to create the finished product.
For manufacturers the process is rapid, cost-effective and wastage is minimised – all good news for the bottom line. At HT Brigham, we strive to add value in further ways, such as custom engineering deep drawn stampings into a single deep drawn metal stamping. Work hardening – a happy ‘bi-product’ of the deep dawn stamping process – makes for stronger components, but when components are ‘press complete’, products can be quicker to assemble too, again impacting on manufacturers’ profitability.”