Eliminate Springback Problems in Stamping and Bending

Stamping and bending are crucial processes in the field of engineering, but they come with a common problem: springback.

This phenomenon is the partial restoration of the shape of deformed parts after the load has been removed, which affects the geometric precision of the workpiece.

This can lead to errors in the product and affect the assembly precision of the final product. In this article, we will explore the various factors that influence springback, including material properties, thickness, and shape of the parts, as well as the technique used for forming.

We will also delve into the different solutions that can be employed to address the springback defect, including product design, technique design, and the use of blank holder force and drawbeads.

By understanding the causes and solutions of springback, engineers can optimize their processes and minimize the impact of this common forming defect.

Whether you are a seasoned engineer or just starting out in the field, this article will provide valuable insights into the world of stamping and bending.

What is Springback?

Springback is defined as a partial restoration of the shape of deformed parts after the load has been removed.

The shape and size of the parts do not align with the shape and size of the stamping die’s working surface, causing the parts to fall outside the tolerance range and affecting the assembly precision of the products.

In engineering, it is crucial to address the errors in the product caused by springback.

Stamping not only results in plastic deformation but also elastic deformation. When the forming load is released, springback occurs in the parts.

Springback is the deformation that inevitably takes place after sheet metal has been formed and the forming part has been removed from the mold, impacting the final shape of the part.

The magnitude of springback directly impacts the geometric precision of the workpiece and is a difficult-to-overcome forming defect in the field of engineering.

Stress change curve after load unloading

Stress change curve after load unloading

Influencing factors of springback of stamping parts

Material Property

The yield strength of sheet metal varies between ordinary plates and high strength plates.

The higher the yield strength of the sheet metal, the greater the likelihood of rebound.

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Thick plate parts are typically made from hot-rolled carbon steel or hot-rolled low-alloy high-strength steel.

Compared to cold-rolled sheet materials, hot-rolled sheet materials have poor surface quality, large thickness tolerance, unstable mechanical properties, and low elongation rate.

Stress changes before and after springback

Stress changes before and after springback

Material Thickness

In the forming process, the thickness of the sheet material significantly impacts its bending performance. As the plate thickness increases, the occurrence of rebound decreases.

This is due to the fact that as the sheet thickness increases, the amount of plastic deformation involved also increases, leading to an increase in elastic recovery deformation. As a result, resilience decreases.

Tangential stress of sheet metal interface

Tangential stress of sheet metal interface

As the strength level of thick plate parts continues to improve, the issue of dimension precision caused by rebound becomes increasingly severe.

Both mold design and subsequent commissioning of the technology require knowledge of the nature and magnitude of part resilience in order to implement appropriate countermeasures and remedial actions.

For thick plate parts, the ratio of bending radius to plate thickness is typically small, and the stress and its changes in the direction of plate thickness cannot be overlooked.

Parts Shape

The springback of parts with different shapes varies greatly. Parts with complex shapes typically require an additional shaping process to prevent springback resulting from an incomplete forming process.

However, certain specialized shapes, such as U-shaped parts, are more prone to rebound. Therefore, springback compensation must be taken into account during the forming process.

Bending Center Angle

The larger the bending center angle, the greater the cumulative value of springback, which can result in significant springback.

The deformation length of stamped parts increases as the bending center angle increases.

Bending Center Angle

Matched Condition of Mold Clearance

The die should be designed with a gap equal to twice the thickness of the material in the corresponding working part, and the product should fit within this gap.

To facilitate better material flow, the mold parts should be developed after the mold processing is complete, especially in the case of bending molds. The greater the clearance of the working part, the greater the springback.

If the error tolerance range for plate thickness is larger, the rebound will also be larger, making it difficult to accurately determine the mold clearance.

Relative Bending Radius

The relative bending radius is proportional to the springback value. As a result, the more curved the stamped parts, the less likely they are to bend.

Forming Technique

The forming process is a crucial factor in determining the springback value.

Generally, correcting bending has a better springback effect than free bending.

If the same machining outcome is desired for the production of a batch of stamped parts, the bending force required for correcting bending is significantly greater than that required for free bending.

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As a result, even if the same bending force is used in both methods, the final outcome will differ.

The greater the correction force required to correct bending, the smaller the springback of stamped parts. This correction force elongates the inner and outer fibers in the deformation zone, resulting in the desired forming effect.

When the bending force is released, both the inner and outer fibers shorten, but the springback direction of the internal and external fibers is opposite, reducing the springback of stamped parts to some extent.

The solution of stamping springback

Product Design

Firstly, in terms of materials, it is advisable to choose materials with low yield strength or increase the material thickness while still meeting the product requirements.

Secondly, in terms of stamped part design, the shape of the part also plays a significant role in determining its springback. In the case of complex stamped parts with a curved shape, it is difficult to eliminate springback due to the complex stress in all directions and other factors such as friction.

Therefore, the shape of the product can be designed by combining several parts to address the springback issue in complex stamped parts.

An anti-springback bead can also be added, which is an effective solution for springback defects. The product shape can be altered by increasing the number of anti-springback beads, as required by the product and the springback value.

Finally, the springback defect can be addressed by reducing the value of the R angle of the bending part.

Technique Design

  • Adding a preforming process in die design. By incorporating a preforming process, the one-time forming of stamped parts can be divided into different stages, and the internal stress in the forming process can be reduced to some extent, thereby solving the springback defect.
  • Reducing the gap between the concave and convex molds. This gap can be adjusted to approximately twice the thickness of the material to maximize the bonding between the material and mold.
  • Hardening treatment of the die can also help reduce drawing of stamped parts and decrease die wear.
  • Product shaping can be employed. If the product design cannot be altered, then reshaping the stamped parts at the end is another option.
  • Other methods to solve the springback defect include using hydraulic stamping equipment, which can offer some relief from the springback issue.

Blank Holder Force of Parts

The use of blank holder force in the forming process is a crucial technology. By continuously optimizing the blank holder force, the flow direction of the material can be adjusted and the internal stress distribution of the material can be improved.

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Increasing the blank holder force causes the parts to extend more fully, particularly in the side wall and R angle position. If fully formed, the difference in internal and external stress will decrease, leading to a reduction in resilience.


The use of draw beads is common in modern technology. Properly positioning the draw beads can effectively alter the material flow direction and distribute the feeding resistance evenly on the pressing surface, thereby enhancing the formability of the material.

Placing draw beads on parts prone to springback will result in more complete forming and more even stress distribution, reducing the springback.

The solution of bending springback

Correcting Bending

Correcting bending forces concentrate the impact pressure in the bending deformation zone, causing the inner metal to be compressed. After adjustment, both the inner and outer layers are elongated, and the springback trend of the two areas after unloading can offset each other, reducing springback.

Heat Treatment

Annealing before bending can reduce hardness and yield stress, which not only decreases springback but also lowers the bending force. After bending, perform a hardening process.


In the bending production process, the deformation angle and radius of sheet metal will increase due to elastic recovery. To reduce springback, the deformation of the plate can be made to exceed the theoretical deformation degree.

Heating Bending

Use heat bending, selecting the appropriate temperature so the material has sufficient time to soften, which will decrease the amount of springback.

Stretch Bending

The method involves applying tangential tension during sheet metal bending, altering the stress state and distribution inside the sheet metal, causing the entire section to undergo plastic tensile deformation. After unloading, the internal and external springback offset each other, reducing springback.

Local Compression

The local compression technique involves increasing the length of the outer plate by decreasing its thickness, so that the springback of the inner and outer layers offset each other.

Multiple Bending

The bending is divided into many times to eliminate springback.

Passivation of Inner Corner

Compress from the inside of the bending part to eliminate springback. When the plate is u-shaped, the effect is better because both sides are symmetric.

Adopt Partially Bending in Stretching Forming

The method of partially forming a part through bending and then stretching forming reduces springback. This method is effective for products with a simple two-dimensional shape.

Control Residual Stress

During the stretching process, a local convex hull shape is added to the tool surface first, and then eliminated in a later process to change the residual stress balance in the material, thus eliminating springback.

Negative Springback

When machining the tool surface, attempt to make the sheet material exhibit negative springback. After the upper die returns, the parts will attain the desired shape through springback.

Electromagnetic Method

The shape and size errors caused by springback can be corrected through the use of electromagnetic pulses to impact the material surface.

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