What is Fourslide Stamping? Working Process Advantages and Applications

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What is Fourslide Stamping? 

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Fourslide metal stamping is an innovative metalworking process that enables the creation of small, intricate components with immense precision and design flexibility. It employs a fourslide machine that consists of four laterally moving slides. Unlike the vertical motion in a conventional punch press, these slides move horizontally, providing a multidirectional approach that allows the metal to be manipulated from various angles.

This stamping process uses a particular kind of machine – a fourslide or four-slide, named after its four sliding tools. The fourslide machine uses metal coils or wire, which it cuts and forms into complex shapes. It’s primarily used for pieces that have multiple bends or twists or that are complex shapes, which may be more challenging or costly to create with traditional stamping and forming operations.

For more detailed understanding, you can visit our comprehensive guide to fourslide stamping.

How Does Fourslide Metal Stamping Work?

Fourslide Metal Stamping Work

A.Employed by a Fourrslide Machine

A fourslide machine is an intricately designed machine built to carry out precise metalworking processes. It consists of four laterally moving slides, each powered by bevel gears connected to the main drive, enabling a complex, multidirectional approach to metal shaping.

The four-slide machine’s first stage is to cut the metal to the required length, often a metal coil or wire. The cut-off piece is then simultaneously shaped by the four slides, each moving independently and horizontally towards the center from the four cardinal directions.

To understand the intricacies of how a four-slide stamping machine works, think of the metal strip being positioned in the center of an X, Y axis. The four laterally moving slides—each equipped with shaping tools—approach the metal strip from the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, West), each performing its shaping operations sequentially or simultaneously, as required by the design. This precise, multi-angle approach allows the creation of highly complex shapes with tight tolerances.

B. Multidirectional Strategy for Molding and Stamping

The multidirectional approach adopted by the fourslide stamping method is what sets it apart. In contrast to the vertical movement of a traditional punch press, the four-slide machine allows for the metal to be manipulated from multiple angles, making it possible to create more intricate shapes.

C. Get Complex Geometries with Numerous Curves and Twists

Fourslide metal stamping outshines conventional stamping and forming operations when it comes to complex geometries. Its ability to manage multiple bends, twists, and forms simultaneously is unparalleled. Moreover, because the metal remains stationary during the entire process, it ensures higher accuracy and consistency.

This detailed maneuvering makes the four-slide process ideal for creating small, intricate components required in various industries, with every bend, twist, and form accurately mirroring the design blueprint. The process’s precision is especially valuable when manufacturing components that demand tight tolerances.

Advantages of  Fourslide Metal Stamping

Fourslide stamping parts

A. Comprehensive Process from Inception to Completion

The ability to carry out a start-to-finish operation in a single setup distinguishes fourslide stamping from traditional stamping methods. This continuous operation reduces the need for secondary operations, saving time and reducing the possibility of error, which leads to increased cost efficiency and consistent output.

B. Proficiency in Crafting Intricate Components

The fourslide machine’s multidirectional nature allows for a higher level of precision and complexity in the creation of small, intricate components. The machine’s four slides work in tandem, making it possible to produce parts with multiple bends and twists in a single operation. This capability is vital for industries that require parts with tight tolerances and complex geometries.

C. Design Versatility for Uncomplicated Modifications

Fourslide metal stamping allows for greater design flexibility than traditional stamping processes. Since the shaping tools are attached to independent slides, it’s easier to adjust or reconfigure them for design changes. This adaptability significantly reduces lead times and costs when making modifications to part designs.

D. Economical Efficiency and Minimization of Material Wastage

Fourslide stamping makes excellent use of materials efficiency and waste reduction. By carrying out multiple forming operations simultaneously on a single piece of metal, it minimizes the need for excess material. As a result, there is less scrap metal produced, leading to both cost efficiency and a more sustainable manufacturing process.

E. Swift Execution for Improved Turnaround Times

With its ability to perform simultaneous operations and its high-speed operation, fourslide stamping considerably reduces the production time for parts. This reduction in cycle time results in quicker delivery times and allows for more rapid responses to changes in demand.

Comparing Fourslide Metal Stamping and Traditional Metal Stamping

Traditional metal stamping employs a vertical motion, pressing a die into a sheet of metal to produce the desired part. Although this method is suitable for a range of applications, it does have limitations. Its vertical movement can restrict design complexity, making it challenging to produce parts with multiple bends and twists. The process can also lead to higher material wastage and is often less energy-efficient.

In contrast, fourslide metal stamping utilizes a multidirectional approach with its four laterally moving slides. This method allows for greater flexibility in creating complex shapes. The individual slides can move towards the metal from different directions, enabling the creation of parts with multiple bends and angles in a single pass.

Fourslide stamping offers enhanced energy efficiency, especially when producing large volumes of parts. The simultaneous action of the slides reduces the need for multiple separate actions, thereby conserving energy. Moreover, because of its ability to manipulate metal coils or wires from multiple directions, it enables more materials efficiency and reduces waste. Finally, the ability to achieve precision and maintain tight tolerances when creating complex shapes makes it an ideal choice for industries requiring intricate components.

Applications of Fourslide Metal Stamping

A. Utilization in the Automotive Sector


Fourslide stamping has found widespread acceptance in the automotive industry due to its ability to maintain precision while producing small, intricate components. Automotive manufacturers rely heavily on fourslide stamping for manufacturing parts such as clips, brackets, connectors, and terminals. 

By providing cost efficiency, waste reduction, and design flexibility, this technology significantly improves the manufacturing process in this industry. Learn more about this application on our automotive industry page.

B. Application in Medical Equipment Fabrication

The medical component manufacturing sector also utilizes the advantages of fourslide metal stamping. The process enables the creation of highly precise and small components that are necessary in medical devices. 

Due to the tight tolerances achievable with this method, the industry can ensure the reliability and safety of its products. For more on our medical component manufacturing services, visit our medical industry page.

C. Importance in the Electrical Distribution Sector

The electrical distribution industry is yet another sector where fourslide metal stamping is highly beneficial. From manufacturing electrical contacts to busbars, this method offers superior design flexibility and precision, enabling the creation of complex shapes while maintaining high quality management standards. For a deeper dive into our electrical distribution services, check out our electronics industry page.

Metal Stamping and Forming Solutions by Chengli Hardware

At Chengli Hardware, our commitment to fourslide metal stamping goes beyond the process itself. We understand the importance of delivering high-quality, custom solutions to our clients, and we aim to meet their exact specifications and requirements. 

Our vast experience with fourslide stamping allows us to offer an extensive range of fourslide products. Whether it’s creating complex shapes with bevel gears or managing multidirectional approach for intricate shapes, we are capable of it all. Our dedicated team of engineers are skilled at maneuvering the four laterally moving slides of the fourslide machine, ensuring precision and high-speed operation

We believe in delivering quality. As part of our quality management process, we maintain tight tolerances and ensure all fourslide products adhere to the strictest industry standards. We regularly review and update our practices to stay ahead in the industry and provide the best services to our clients. Check out our dedication to quality here.


In conclusion, fourslide stamping is a versatile and efficient metalworking process that offers significant advantages in producing small, intricate components. Its design flexibility, increased speed, lower production costs, and ability to produce complex shapes make it an ideal choice for various industries.

At Chengli Hardware, we are proud to offer comprehensive fourslide stamping services. With our state-of-the-art fourslide machines and dedicated team of professionals, we can meet your specific needs with precision and efficiency.


1. What is the four-slide process?

The four-slide process involves a metalworking machine that utilizes four sliding tools, moving in different directions, to manipulate a metal strip into complex shapes. It’s particularly effective for creating small, intricate components with multiple bends or twists.

2. How do stamping dies work?

Stamping dies work by applying pressure to a metal sheet placed in between them. They’re designed in a specific shape so that when pressure is applied, the metal sheet forms into that shape. It’s similar to how a cookie cutter works on dough.

3. How is sheet metal stamped?

Sheet metal stamping involves feeding a flat sheet metal into a stamping press where a tool and die surface forms the metal into a specific shape. This can be a single-stage operation where every stroke of the press produces a part, or occur in a series of stages.

4. What is the difference between lamination and stamping?

Lamination is a process of joining multiple layers of material together to create a composite, whereas stamping is a process that uses dies to shape a material. In metalworking, lamination can be used to create multi-layered metal components, while stamping is often used to form shapes and add features to a metal sheet or strip.

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