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Precision metal stamping tool and die Vortool Manufacturing

Pneumatic laboratory punch press and high precision blanking die


Specialty products like foil and very thin materials require special metal stamping tooling. We build custom, table top, laboratory or clean room shop air /presses and cathode and anode cutting dies for battery research.


Blanking thin foil type material is a challenge of its own. E.g., a 0.002 - 0.005 thickness stock to be blanked requires such small amount of cutting clearance that it is a very difficult task for most tool and die makers and for the equipment to do properly.


For this particular blanking punch die design the finished blank was made of three layers. There were two carbon film layers of 0.003 thick with a copper foil between 0.0005 thickness. The requirements were the following:


  1. The foil must be perfect, have no burr at all.

  2. Part is rejected if the carbon chips off from the metal.

  3. Part is rejected if the carbon is separated from the metal at any given area. 


The customer provided samples, made by others that did not meet the request and were then rejected.


  • The above criteria was achieved by using the right amount of cutting clearance for the blanking die design that this particular material needed.

  • To avoid separation of the layers, the blank must have the least amount of flexing.

  • To eliminate chipping of the brittle carbon layers that were only semi bonded to the copper were another challenge. The product need to be without burrs, peeling and edges must stay sharp.

  • A gentle even holding pressure was required to hold the material while it was blanked, while reducing the travel distance of the blank inside the die cavity.


To accommodate all of the above, the tool had to be well guided, with low impact movement with no vibration or sudden shocks.


The part was to be handled by lab technicians so the tool could be built for this "clean room" environment. 


The result was excellent as expected, and the parts came out perfect.


The combination of a good metal stamping die design and precision tool and die manufacturing was the key to this success.

Made in Canada.

Box frame pneumatic shop air press with Lexan safety guards
Compact table top side feed press with safety light curtain
Portable pneumatic press table with coasters

Custom pneumatic press features


  • Side feed

  • Two push buttons

  • Safety shield or guard options: Lexan safety guards as physical barriers at front, back and sides or safety light curtains.

  • Portable table with or without coasters

Pneumatic press with Lexan safety guards as physical barriers at front, back and sides

Laboratory press with side feed and safety light curtain

Portable custom metal frame shop air pneumatic press table with coasters and slug collection bucket

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