Metal Stamping and Design Considerations, Part 2: Forming

A progressive die can control an inside radius but cannot control an outside radius. Similarly, the die can control dimensions to the inside of a bend but not to the outside.

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To avoid hole deformation, leave at least three times the material thickness from the form tangency to the edge of the hole.
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Forming an undercut can eliminate the need for a formed sharp corner. The tooling cost is the same; however, the undercut die will hold up better than the sharp corner die, thereby reducing downtime.

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An improperly designed bend radius can cause fractures in the bend area.

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General Rule #3:
The radius of a bend should be a minimum of 1.5 x the material thickness.

Angular Form Tolerances:

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90°  ± 2°
1 Form Station
Not many tool adjustments

90°  ± 1°
1 Form Station
1 form qualifier or cam (50 tooling hours) and some tool adjustments.

90°  ± ½°
1 Form Station
1 form qualifier or cam (50 tooling hours) and many tool adjustments.

To form beyond 90° in one station, add a gusset:

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It is preferred to eliminate lancing by blanking around a tab before forming. The cutout should extend a minimum of .030 beyond the bend line.

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