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Deep drawing – Metalworking that saves on metal

You can have many types of deep drawn metal components. Often, the method is used to make containers, e.g. cups and bowls.

The deep drawing process starts by placing a piece of sheet metal in a hydraulic deep drawing press. With high pressure, the component is then pressed into the desired shape.

All types of metal can be deep drawn. In fact, it is preferable if you work with one of the more expensive metals, e.g. aluminium or stainless steel. More on that later.

Advantages and disadvantages of deep drawing

Saves you material costs

Contrary to other metalworking processes that can form similar products, e.g. metal turning, deep drawing produces no metal waste. Instead, all metal is fully utilized.

This is especially an advantage if you produce your metal component out of the more expensive metals. The less material waste, the less metal, and ultimately less cost.

High surface quality

With deep drawing, the metal is not heated. This has its advantages. Because it is a cold process the surface becomes completely smooth without any sparks from the heat.

Not only does the surface look nicer it also obtains a higher quality than if the metal is heated.

High energy consumption

The hydraulic deep drawing press is relatively energy-intensive. To press the cold metal into the desired shape, a large amount of energy is needed.

However, because of the low metal waste, this metal work is worthwhile despite the energy costs.

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