As detailed in the Wikipedia article “Stamping (metalworking),” the art of stamping, also known as pressing, plays a pivotal role in the manufacturing industry. This process involves placing flat sheet metal into a stamping press, where specialized tools and dies meticulously shape the metal into a desired form. Stamping encompasses various sheet-metal forming techniques, including punching, blanking, embossing, bending, flanging, and coining. It’s a versatile method that can be a single-stage operation or involve multiple stages, depending on the complexity of the final product.

Moreover, stamping isn’t limited to just sheet metal; it can be applied to various materials, including polystyrene. Progressive dies, a common tool in this process, efficiently feed and shape materials from steel coils, ensuring accuracy and consistency.

Looking back at history, stamping has a rich legacy dating back to the Lydians in the seventh century B.C. However, it was the relentless pursuit of improvement that led to innovations like Marx Schwab’s wheel-driven process in Germany in the 16th century. By the 1880s, stamping had already revolutionized mass production, replacing die forging and machining with a more cost-effective approach.

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