Approaches for forming higher strength steels evolved with the commercialization of increased strength levels of High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steels.  Demands for greater crash performance while simultaneously reducing mass and cost have spawned the development of new groups of steels that improve on the properties of these HSLA steels. Forming of Advanced High-Strength Steel (AHSS) is not a radical change from forming conventional HSLA steels, provided some of the key differences are understood and accounted for in die design, die process, and equipment selection.

This section, updated by the AHSS Guidelines technical editor and author Dr. Daniel Schaeffler, President and CEO, Engineering Quality Solutions, Inc., provides some of the latest best practices on forming AHSS available in the world today.

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