A tailored shaped blank is a blank which is the exact shape of the final part, called net shaped, or close to that shape, called near-net shaped.
By using a blank which is close to the final shape, OEMs can:
Reduce the complexity of their stamping dies
Reduce scrap rates
Tailored shaped blanks are ideal for exposed parts which require the best quality surface. For example, body-side outers require a blank shape which facilitates wrinkle-free deep drawing and results in a quality surface which has a very flat appearance after painting.
Advantages of tailored shaped blanks:
Tailored shaped blanks are an ideal solution for vehicles which are in the prototyping phase or early production/launch loop. They are also a cost-effective solution for vehicles with limited production volumes, such as luxury cars, and for applications which require large-dimension blanks.
Net shaped and near-net-shape blanks are cut with high precision. Almost any shape can be achieved, and size is only limited by coil or sheet width.