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Flow Forming

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It allows variation in wall thickness of its products, which are hollow and tubular or rotationally symmetric products. Flow forming helps manufacturers meet complex design specifications and allows for a wider range of dimensional flexibility. Read More…

Flow Forming Flow forming is one of several metal forming techniques that is a more advanced form of spin forming.
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Hartwell, GA  |  706-376-6584

Fabritex Inc. is a contract manufacturer specializing in automotive subassemblies, tubular fabrications, tubular parts, welded assemblies, wire mesh, wire parts, wire assemblies and racking, plus more. We also act as institutional subcontractors and provide new plant installation fabrication.

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Fabritex Inc. $$$

Springfield, MO  |  417-831-5100

Tank Components Incorporated produces alloy and stainless steel pressed and formed parts. We specialize in the production of tank heads. Our manufactured products follow a variety of requirements and specifications, such as the ASME Code. Call us for quality products and services.

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Tank Components, Inc. $$$

Lombard, IL  |  630-268-9292

From stainless steel metal spinning to welded tank heads, Helander Metal Spinning is your one-stop shop for all your metal spinning needs. We serve a variety of industries including electronic, medical, automotive, food service and many more. From start to finish, we will spin and finish many exotic metals to serve your particular application’s needs. We look forward to working with you soon!

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Helander Metal Spinning Company $$$

Fort Worth, TX  |  866-232-8030

Since 1977, Baker Tankhead has been a manufacturer and metal spinner of tank heads. We offer stainless steel metal spinning, aluminum metal spinning, copper metal spinning and carbon steel metal spinning. We provide quality and dependable service at a competitive price. Be sure to visit our website to view our products page! Call us today for all of your metal spinning needs.

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Baker Tankhead Inc. $$$

Angola, IN  |  260-665-2192

Metal Spinners provides metal spinning with quick turnaround times and on-time delivery for measurements from merely inches to over twelve feet. Some of our services include stainless steel metal spinning and aluminum metal spinning. Serving industries from aerospace to recreation.

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Samuel Metal Spinners $$$
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Many metals, including stainless steel, titanium, copper, aluminum, nickel and brass are subjected to flow forming, which produces products for the aerospace, automotive, nuclear, chemical and petrochemical industries. Flow forming offers many benefits, including the reduced need for welding, shorter length of stock shapes and tighter design tolerances. Though this process is energy saving, the workpiece is subjected to a great amount of friction and deformation.

Flow forming is a cold working process, meaning the metals being formed are shaped at or around room temperature, which ensures that they retain their tensile strength and ductility. While flow forming is able to produce any shape that standard metal spinning can, it specializes in producing automotive wheels for several different kinds of vehicles.

There is a key difference between flow forming and standard metal spinning. Conventional metal spinning uses a thin blank and produces a finished part from the diameter of that blank, while flow forming produces the finished shape by working from the thickness of the starting blank, which creates a part thinner than the original starting blank. The blank, or preformed metal part, is a flat metal disc, which can be stamped with a hole or left whole, that is clamped down.

It is spun on a lathe while rollers apply pressure, forcing it to take the mandrel's shape. The rollers extrude the cross sectional area of the blank's wall thickness. The thickness of the finished part is determined by a gap that is maintained between the mandrel and the rollers. The flow forming process is used in conjunction with swaging, flattening, bending and machining. It produces a smooth, complex part without any chipping or unwanted deformation.

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