Glossary of Metal Stamping Terms

Manor Tool & Manufacturing is a premier provider of metal stamping services. We specialize in bending, forming, punching, and deep-drawn stamping and can handle production sizes ranging from low-volume prototyping and short runs to high-volume progressive runs. We can fabricate new tooling or run existing dies from our advanced, 32-press facility.

Glossary of Terms

Our in-house experts at Manor Tool have compiled this glossary of common metal stamping terms to help our customers and other readers understand the common terminology used in our industry.

  • Barrel finishing – A barrel containing unfinished parts, abrasive media, and various chemical compounds is rotated to smooth out the parts. Commonly used for deburring or to remove tool marks. Also known as barrel tumbling.
  • Bend relief – A special bend tool is used to facilitate easier bending of sheet metal, mitigating the risk of unwanted cracks or tears.
  • Bending – A metal forming process wherein a die is used to facilitate angular displacement of a metal stock material.
  • Blank – The sheet metal used to make a product. Also, the piece resulting from the blanking process.
  • Blanking – A metal punch removes a workpiece section from a metal sheet or strip.
  • Breakout – In cutting procedures, the portion of material that is fractured.
  • Burr – Raised edges or sharp protrusions left by machining processes.
  • Burr-free – An edge without any sharp protrusions that is accomplished following a deburring process.
  • Chain dimensioning – When the end line of one dimension is also the starting line for the next dimension on a design.
  • Coining – A bending process wherein the workpiece is penetrated pasts the neutral plane under high pressure on both sides simultaneously by a punch and a die.
  • Compound die – A specialized die that separates a blank from a strip in one stroke.
  • Counterboring – Creates a larger round cavity above a drilled hole, typically so it can fully contain the larger head of the fastener.
  • Countersinking – The process of cutting a conical hole into a manufactured product or object.
  • Cumulative tolerance – The progressive build-up of tolerance deviations that results from multiple machining and assembly processes.
  • Deburr – The removal of sharp edges from manufactured components or parts, typically considered a finishing or secondary operation.
  • Dedicated tooling – Customized tooling, specially fabricated for the production of a specific part. Also known as hard tooling.
  • Deep-drawn stamping – A metal stamping process used to create hollow components. A sheet is placed on a forming die where a punching force is applied to force it into a hollow die cavity.
  • Die (stamping die) – A precision tool used to cut and/or form stock sheet metal into a specific profile or design shape.
  • Die clearance – Amount of space between the punch and die opening.
  • Ductility – The measurement of a material’s ability to be bent without cracking, fracturing, or breaking.
  • Fixture – Any tool used to hold a workpiece or component in place during stamping or machining processes.
  • Flange – A strengthened part rim typically used for easier assembly. Also, a secondary stamping process used to create the strengthened part rim that is often incorporated into other stamping dies.
  • Flat or matte – A non-reflective surface coating.
  • Gauge – The scale often used for metal thickness, usually in thousandths of an inch. Note: Not all metals are measured with the same gauge thicknesses.
  • Gouge – An imperfection on the surface of material, typically deeper than a scratch and often with raised edges.
  • Grain direction – The orientation of the crystallized structure of a material. Also, the orientation of a surface finish created using an abrasive finishing method.
  • Grinding – An abrasive metal fabrication and finishing process often used for deburring, smoothing or creating sharp edges, and smoothing rough welds.
  • Half-shearing – A punching process that partially penetrates the sheet metal, creating a protrusion that is approximately half the thickness of the material. These protrusions are typically used as locators for welding, assembly, or other processes.
  • Hem (Dutch bend) – The material edge is doubled over on itself to create a stiffer edge and/or to reduce edge sharpness.
  • Master die – A universal tool holder that works with all dies, facilitating easy tool changes.
  • Metal thinning – The result of any forming process that reduces the thickness of sheet metal.
  • Nibble marks – Slight deformations in the edges of the sheet metal after nibbling processes on a turret press.
  • Nibbling – A progressive punching process that creates overlapping holes in the sheet metal workpiece.
  • Notching – Shears metal scrap from the outside edges of the workpiece.
  • Piercing – The process of holes or slots being punched into material.
  • Pinch trimming – A popular process for cutting excess material from drawn or stretched vessel walls at the bottom of a stroke by pinching the wall between two hardened steel die sections.
  • Progressive tool – Progressive tools feature multiple stations to complete all necessary stamping operations, typically ends with cutting the completed part from the stock.
  • Punch press – Consists of reciprocating ram which punches against a workpiece held in place by a die. The shape of the die determines the final shape of the workpiece.
  • Shearing – A method for producing straight-line cuts on sheet metal as it passes between the upper and lower blade.
  • Slide forming – Multiple slides contain various tooling necessary to perform cutting or forming operations, enabling the machine to quickly perform a series of sequential machining operations.
  • Slug – Leftover scrap after a piercing process.
  • Slug mark – A defect that occurs when scrap material is depressed into the surface of the metal workpiece.
  • Spring back – When elastic material partially rebounds during forming.
  • Staking – A fastening method wherein a protrusion in one part is deformed inside the hole of a second part to secure the two parts together.
  • Tapping – A cutting operation used to create internal threads.
  • Tolerance – The allowable deviation between the planned design and the actual results of a metal fabrication process.
  • Transfer die stamping – A part is cut free from the metal strip and transferred via a mechanical system through multiple stations to complete a series of operations.
  • Turret press – An automated punch press with a rotary turret that contains multiple tooling options to facilitate a variety of forming processes.
  • Vibratory finishing – Parts are placed with abrasive media in a vibrating tub or bowl where they are vibrated and ground against each other to remove burrs.

Metal Stamping Services From Manor Tool

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