Industrial Designers need to push through barriers to create innovative products.
I help bring those products to life by using tradecraft to find the forming limit for feasible processes that are production capable.
Forming failures in the press are caused by a number of interactive variables.
I determine root causes and respond with corrective action to solve metal forming problems and get the dies into reliable service.
Sometimes you just need a quiet professional to solve problems. Freelance services include:
Tim Stephens is a battle-tested bona fide journeyman with 20+ years of success solving the toughest metal stamping problems with 99%+ first hit pass outcomes to protect $100M - $1B product development investments for Fortune 100 companies.
He has a proven track record of flawless execution in:
Master-level user of AutoForm, FTI Forming Suite, and Microsoft Office.
Tim is uniquely qualified with cradle-to-grave, hands-on experience with metal fabrication "soft" tooling, progressive dies, stage tools, tri-axis and crossbar transfer presses, and robotic automation in servo, hydraulic, and mechanical presses running from 1 - 1,000 Strokes Per Minute and annual volumes from 50 to 50,000,000 for Class A and Class B cosmetic surface finish quality standards.
Materials experience with sheet thicknesses ranging from 0.016 to 12 mm in the full range of:
Operational experience in 13 countries with valid US Passport.
A consistently proven leader, Tim is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced stamping engineers in the automotive space.
Tim is an exceptional professional who is clearly the master of New Product Introduction, Innovation Implementation, and Manufacturing Engineering.
Tim is the most knowledgeable metal stamping professional I ever worked with. I never saw a problem he couldn't solve.
We were apprehensive of Tim's stamping process for the most complex forming operation we ever saw. When it ran flawlessly in production, his critics were silent.