Metalworking and Metal Stamping

Although it can be an art and a hobby, industrial metalworking differs in that the formed products usually result in parts for industrial applications, machinery, or components to help build a final product. Metalworking shops typically have a diverse set of equipment and tooling to take raw material and craft precise final pieces. Techniques can use chemicals, heat, or pressure to form the metals into designated shapes and products. Many types of metalworking begins with sheet metal which is then formed with mechanical force. 

There are many types of sheet forming processes including:

  • Raising
  • Roll Forming
  • Sheering
  • Stamping



Metal Forming Tools

Machining tools are imperative to the metal forming process, as they are used to shape the raw material typically by cutting, grinding, shearing, boring, or additional forms of alteration. The cutting or shaping tool within the machine is normally controlled or constrained by the machine, allowing the deformation movement to be guided by the machine rather than the process being freehanded. This allows for fewer errors in the process and adds precision to the end product.

Metal Materials

A variety of raw materials are used by metal forming manufacturers. Standard materials include plate or sheet metal, tube and square stock, sectional metals or beams, welding rods and wires, castings, fittings, and hardware. The choice of metal for products is very important as each boasts different benefits. The most popular metals used in metalworking include aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, and steel. 

5 Reasons To Consider Metal Stamping 

  • Tradition – Charles Richter has been manufacturing metal stampings since 1911. Our dedicated staff is extremely familiar with the machines and processes metal stamping requires. Our parts have withstood the test of time because of their high quality. 
  • Strength – The goods we produce need to be durable and reliable. Metal provides those benefits. 
  • Conductivity – Many of the applications from the industries we serve require conductive materials. Again, metal stampings are the viable option over plastics, which are often insulators.
  • Versatility – Aluminum, brass, steel, copper and stainless steel all offer unique advantages. Whether it’s for design, functionality or finish, Charles Richter likely has the right metal for the job.
  • Resistance Features – Our products endure intense heat and are vulnerable to corrosion and various acids during manufacturing and application usage. Plastic simply would not be able to handle the wear and tear that metals can.  
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