Best Metals for Heavy Gauge Stamping

Sheet metal sees use in a variety of industries and applications globally. In the automotive and aerospace industries, it oftentimes comprises automobile bodies and airplane wings; the medical sector depends on it for operating and examination tables; construction professionals use it day in and day out to constructive massive components that become a part of buildings.


Simply put, the term “sheet metal” can be used to refer to any piece of metal that’s formed into flat pieces. These pieces can vary in thickness but are typically thin and pliable while maintaining strength and structural integrity. This strength sets them apart from thinner, ductile materials such as foils.


In the United States, sheet metal thickness is measured by gauge. This is in contrast to much of the rest of the world, where millimeters are frequently used. Gauge measurements are non-linear. Sheet metal gauge measurements work backward when compared to traditional measurements—the higher the gauge number, the thinner the metal.


The gauge measurement originated during the industrial revolution and is determined by a number of factors. Gauge factors in a metal’s weight and the number of draws that were performed on it. Each drawing reduces diameter, which is why more drawings equal a higher gauge equals a thinner sheet.

Common Metals Used for Heavy Gauge Stamping

Heavy gauge stamping is a specialized term used to refer to metal stamping that uses a raw material possessing an above average thickness. The heavy gauge stamping process requires a stamping press that offers higher tonnage than traditional machines.


The process of stamping thin metals has become a science in itself. Tests have been created for the purpose of determining factors such as formability and mechanical properties. Dealing with thick metals, however, is still a niche undertaking. Experienced manufacturers know that selecting the proper materials, presses, and lubricant can often be a job-by-job task.


Heavy metal stamping is an essential part of the manufacturing process for countless industries. Sectors that require large, thick components and parts specifically benefit from the capabilities offered by thicker metal and the specialized machinery that produces it. Trucking and railroad equipment, power distribution components, and items for the defense industries all rely heavily on heavy gauge stamping to ensure structural integrity.


Several metals see frequent use for heavy gauge stamping. These include:

  • Hot Rolled Carbon Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Stainless steel
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Fine silver
  • Gold-filled
  • Pewter
  • Solid gold
  • Sterling silver

Heavy Gauge Stamping at Ohio Valley Manufacturing

At Ohio Valley Manufacturing, we specialize in heavy gauge stamping for a host of industries, from automotive to trucking to agricultural and military applications. We have the tools and skills to make your projects a reality. Our capabilities include a 4000-ton press rating with a 24″ maximum stroke and our beds can handle materials anywhere from 0.020″ to 0.625″ thick (.5 mm to 16 mm)


Our facilities are designed to meet a broad range of stamping, welding, and other metal fabrication needs. From circle blanks and formed stampings, Ohio Valley Manufacturing supports our clients through the entire manufacturing process.


Call us today or request a quote if you’re interested in learning more about the heavy gauge stamping services that Ohio Valley Manufacturing has to offer. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will work with you as a team to create unique, innovative solutions to fit your individual application.