Economic Break Points for Laser v. Single Hit Stamping v. Progressive Die

Special Metal Stamping provides an array of part-making options. Depending on the amount, size, and overall complexity of the parts that you need, we can make them with laser cutting fabrication, through a single hit stamping process, or with progressive die tooling. We’ll work with you in order to determine the best process, based on your specifications, but here is a general explanation of each method.

Laser Cutting Fabrication

Laser cutting provides a cost-effective option for short runs (5,000 or less) or prototypes of either flat parts or parts with 1 or 2 simple bends/forms.  Using this option will cut down on die build time and overall lead time.  In the case of flat parts, no die may be required, secondary machining or finishing is all that might be needed.   

Single Hit Stamping

Single hit stamping is a great option for companies that need between 5,000 and 10,000 of one specific type of part each year.  Using this method, we willcreate one or moresingle hit diesand then stamp the parts from strips or coils of metal.  The parts will be moved from one press to anotherutilizing the dies built to produce the required parts to print.

Progressive Die Tooling

If you need over 10,000 parts made for you each year (by this we mean 10,000 of the same part – not different ones collectively added up), then it might be more economical for you to choose our progressive die tooling option. The progressive die process allows us to make your parts start to finish using a single die with part material from a coil.  We will design and builda die for you based on your drawing specifications, it will then be run through one of our stamping presses.

Now that you understand the differences between laser cutting fabrication, single hit stamping, and progressive die tooling, you probably have one or more of our metal stamping services in mind. If you have any questions about these options, the metals that we work with, or anything else, please give us a call at (440) 236-6677. You can also reach us through the contact us form on our website.