Selected articles from May 2009 issue published on TheFabricator.com:
Hot stamping, also called hot forming or press hardening, is the process of forming metal while it is very hot (in excess of 900 C degrees) and then quenching it (cooling it quickly) in the die. The process converts low-tensile strength metal to a very high-strength steel (150 to 200 kilopounds per square inch (KSI).
Many companies in the aerospace, automotive, sporting goods, and wind energy industry segments are using composites and thermoplastics to augment and support metal stampings.
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