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Stamping Copper

Stamping Copper

Stamping Copper

Good Evening,

I am looking to design and make a machining that can stamp out a 5mm hole in 3mm think copper.
I was wondering how I would go about calculating the force needed to do this.

Also, does anyone think that this would be possible pneumatically with an air piston running off an air compressor?

Many thanks

RE: Stamping Copper

Please provide a sketch of the hoop

what quantities do you intend to produce?

RE: Stamping Copper

Sorry, that was a Typo, was meant to say "5mm Hole", so it's just a simple 5mm diameter hole to be punched out.

I would say around 2000 holes per week.

RE: Stamping Copper

Thanks for the link

So using that, I need less than a tonne.
Is that something that can be achieved pneumatically?

RE: Stamping Copper

I don't know the details of the machine, but we have a pneumatic press for stamping beryllium copper (a little harder than copper).
Copper is soft, doesn't take much force.

Chris, CSWP
ctophers home

RE: Stamping Copper

Hi Chris,

Appreciate the reply. If you get chance to see the make and model of the machine please let me know

RE: Stamping Copper

It would be possible to punch these by hand with a Whitney punch

You could also use a Unipunch setup in a press brake, or with a custom pneumatic arrangement. There is discussion of this on the Unipunch website.

RE: Stamping Copper

Thanks DVD

I would certainly like a press brake setup, but I don't have the facility to place such a large machine unfortunately, and I only have access to 240v

I would be punching in the region of 2000 holes per week

RE: Stamping Copper

If I have done my F = P * A right, 100 psi shop air and a 5" cylinder would get you a ton (2000 lb).



The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Stamping Copper

small holes in thick material (especially when it is soft) are a job for 'fine blanking'.
If you look it up there will be a lot of info.
There is considerable clamping force applied and then the punch is driven quickly.
It results in very clean holes.
We had special toolset made for an electrical solenoid driven press.
We were putting coffin shaped holes about 3x5mm into 5mm thick high purity Cu.

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RE: Stamping Copper

Can they be drilled?

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Stamping Copper

any sheet metal shop with a small press could handle this without even thinking about it.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Stamping Copper

They cannot be drilled because of the very soft Cu.
It would be very difficult to get clean holes.
Stamping these is a lot harder than you think, holes that are as deep (or deeper) than the diameter pose very special problems.

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I agree with Ed
I would suggest testing

RE: Stamping Copper

Well, TBH, we have no idea what the OP is doing, really.

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Stamping Copper

Most textbooks in Manufacturing Processes will give the equation provided in the link above.
If you don't have Shear Stress values, an alternative formula is F = (0.7)*T*L*(UTS) where UTS is Ultimate Tensile Strength (T = thickness, L = perimeter length of shear line). Mind your units in the calculations.

The critical issue for quality holes is clearance values between the punch and die. In none of your descriptions did I see any mention of the process quality requirements.

A websearch using the terms arbor press, ironworker, stamping press, hydraulic press, air-over-oil press, etc. should lead you to various types of equipment that could do this. 5mm hole punch and die sets are readily available on the market. Knowing that there will be substantial support structure design requirements, I wouldn't waste my time designing anything. I'd just purchase a suitable unit from somewhere.

2000 holes per week:
For a 40-hour week and 100% efficiency, that will be a continuous production rate of 72 seconds per hole at one hole per stroke. At a more realistic 70% efficiency, it will be ~102 seconds/hole. It is unlikely you will be able to maintain that rate for 40 hours.

Blue Technik LLC
Manufacturing Engineering Consulting

RE: Stamping Copper

One hole in 2000 pieces of metal? 2000 holes in one piece of metal? Something in between? Who knows?

The problem with sloppy work is that the supply FAR EXCEEDS the demand

RE: Stamping Copper

Thank you for all the replies, much appreciated.

It will be approx 2000 HOLES per week

I do drill them at the moment, but drilling leaves a large burr on the drill out side, which them involves a separate process to deburr.

In terms of quality, pretty low quality in all honesty, a shear burr from punching out would be ok, as it would form flat with a fastener anyway (The burr from drilling is pretty excessive, but I dont have coolant setup so that may play a part)

I think you right in finding a compact machine that is capable of doing this with out designing and making one. Every time I search, it either throws up the huge 55 tone presses or the manual pump hydraulic type ones. Some new terms thrown out in the thread though that I will google now

RE: Stamping Copper

Try this

Be willing to pay good money for the toolset.
A cheep one will only cause pain and frustration.

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RE: Stamping Copper

Some possible alternative approaches to drill out burrs
> Pilot hole first, then drill from side 1 partially, and then from side 2 to finish
> clamp between sacrificial plates or templates
> changing drill speed/rate
> manually apply oil

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RE: Stamping Copper

If your processing time can allow for slightly slower throughput, consider using a center-cutting end mill rather than a twist drill. The finished hole size will be very clean and end mills produce very little backside burr if the cutter is sharp and the proper spindle speed and feed rate are used. For cutting copper no coolant/oil is needed.

RE: Stamping Copper

I agree with brian malone,
using a punch may not produce round or undamaged holes, and expect tool wear of the punch. half of the hole will not have a smooth surface due to it will break and not shear

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