Hemming of Thin Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel


The Auto/Steel Partnership (A/SP) Hemming of Thin Gauge Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) project achieved a 30 percent weight savings with an extremely tight breakline radii using thinner gauge AHSS for automotive closure panels.

Stamping Tooling Optimization


The Auto/Steel Partnership Stamping Tooling Optimization team conducts research on the leading edge of materials technology to develop optimum standards for durable tools to form advanced high-strength steel (AHSS) at a high value. In the progressive die video, AHSS coils are punched, trimmed and flange-formed in a production setup to evaluate multiple cutting and forming materials. In the U-Bend video, AHSS coils are trimmed and formed in a single stage die that simulates production. For both, cast and wrought tools are coated with various plasma and other treatments and coatings to determine combinations that provide maximum durability.

Executive Director of Auto/Steel Partnership