The SS Blanking System is a precision, spring loaded, high-capacity die cutting system.  It is fully machined, made from 6061-T6 aluminum and made in the USA.  The dimensions are 3-3/4” high x 5” long x 4” deep.  The SS Blanking System is assembled with high quality components and is built to last.  Once you have the SS Blanking System (a one-time initial coast) it will allow the use of all SS Blanking Dies.  The SS Blanking System is virtually maintenance free.  All SS Blanking Dies sold separately.


The blanking method idea, invented by Ed Stouten, so many years ago, allows tool makers to produce variations of die blanking systems to be used throughout our industry. Fun Fact!

The SS Blanking system can be a cost-effective way to help you quickly, and simultaneously, produce larger quantities of metal blanks. It is available to a wide variety of artist who need more production capability than what a Pancake Die offers.  The SS Blanking system helps speed up production of metal blanks and piercings, as well as accommodates a wider range of metal gauges than can be used with a pancake die, also blanks have no tab to remove. The SS Blanking system is a hybrid blanking tool between the progressive stamping tool and the pancake die. The SS Blanking system is a precision tool and must be treated as such.


The SS Blanking system is used to blank components in specific shapes from metal, using SS Blanking Die Sets. The punched-out piece is called the “blank,” hence the term “blanking.” This process is a quick and cost-effective way to produce a larger number of identical blanks.

Differences Between Punching and Blanking

When a blank is produced with one single punch and die where the entire outer profile is cut in a single stroke the tool is called a blanking tool. Blanking is the operation of cutting flat shapes from sheet metal… Using the SS Blanking Die Sets. The outer area of metal remaining after a blanking operation is called a piercing.

Punching and blanking are often confused with each other since both processes remove pieces from a base sheet of metal. Adding to the confusion is the fact that the same terms, punch and die, are used in both operations.  A simple way to remember the difference between the two processes is to note that an alternate term for punching is piercing. Manufacturers sometimes refer to this process as piercing because the desired end product is the pierced sheet of metal, not the metal blank. SS Blanking System allows you to use both pieces of the metal, the blank and the piercing.

SS Blanking System and SS Blanking Die Sets Manufactured in the USA at, all our tooling is designed and fabricated in our facility in Virginia, USA.

 The SS Blanking System REQUIRED FOR ALL SS Blanking Die Sets (sold separately). SS Blanking System is interchangeable with all SS Blanking Die Sets.

The SS Blanking System is great for metals up to 10 gauge (2.59mm) and is specifically designed for use in a hydraulic press and should be used ONLY in a hydraulic press.



1.    Metal Gauges: Recommended gauges are from 28-gauge to 14-gauge full hard nonferrous metal. Metal gauges slightly Thinner or slightly thicker may also be used but may decrease the life of your new tool.

2.    Metal Types: Only for use with non-furious metal gold, silver, copper, aluminum, etc.   DO NOT try and cut any STEEL alloy or you will destroy the die set.

3.    Metal Temper: Works with full hard and annealed metal. results will be better with full hard metal and blank will have less of a Burr.

4.    Be sure to cut the entire shape using a SS Blanking Die Set.

5.    Do not force any part of the assembly or cutting process.

6.    Mixing die sets will result in you destroying the tool.


Place the die bottom onto the bottom of the SS Blanking system, bottom will have the blank accumulating hole, which will hold up to 40 blanks depending on gauge thickness. Position bottom die roughly at a 45° angle... lay it down, slightly move it around if needed, until it finds its seating, it will snap right into place.

2.    Place the die top with the die stripper onto the top of the SS Blanking system, Position top die roughly at a 45° angle... lay it down, slightly move it around if needed, until it finds its seating it will snap right into place.

Both the top and bottom SS Blanking system have 2 die alignment pins and two magnets to secure the blanking dies.

ASSEMBLY; After top and bottom blanking dies are securely in place. Place the top half of the system on the bottom half of the system, so the bushings line up with the 4 pins and rest on the springs.

Now you’re ready to cut some blanks...

3.    Center your SS Blanking System on the lower platen of your hydraulic press always center over your ram. Be sure it’s centered front to back and side to side. Everything you do in a press needs to be centered over your ram.

4.    Load your metal. Center your metal over the opening of your bottom die.

5.    Raise the lower platen and press slowly until you hear a pop this will be much softer than the pop of a Pancake Die.  DO NOT OVER PRESS. You do not need much pressure to cut a blank with our system.  Do not squish the die stripper (urethane) out of the blanking die. Until you are familiar with your new SS Blanking System stop and check often rather than continue to press.

6.    Release the pressure and advance your metal in the die. Press again to cut additional metal blanks. The SS Blanking System bottom with the blank accumulating hole, will hold up to 40 blanks depending on gauge thickness before needing to be emptied.


You’re ready to get started… Enjoy!

The more you use the system you will get a feel for it, so you will know how much pressure to apply.