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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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Buffalo, NY  |  866-907-6333

With four decades of metal spinning experience, Metalcraft offers spinning, stamping and many other metal processing services in an endless number of shapes & sizes. As a metal spinner manufacturer, we work with brass, copper, aluminum, stainless steel and cold-rolled steel. With automatic & CNC lathes, our spinning services are cost-effective for any production volume and great for prototypes.

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Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping Ltd. $$$

Palo Alto, CA  |  650-858-2491

Quality Metal Spinning is a leading full-service metal fabrication company. We specialize in metal spinning, 5-axis machining, 3D printing, and waterjet cutting. We offer cutting-edge prototype, inspection, and design services. Our clients trust us to deliver some of the best metal spinning solutions for the aerospace, energy, semiconductor, and defense sectors. We are ISO 9001-2015 certified, and our quality control standards are unparalleled. Contact us today.

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Quality Metal Spinning $$$

Syracuse, NY  |  315-475-4221

Hy-Grade Metal Products Corp. specializes in metal spinning and metal spinners to serve various industries. Serving the industry since 1918, we have been providing stainless steel metal spinning, aluminum metal spinning and metal spinnings of many exotic materials. Check out our website for more information. We look forward to working with you!

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Hy-Grade Metal Products Corp. $$$

Blairsville, PA  |  724-459-5601

Precision Wire Products designs wire products for the industrial sector. We specialize in filter wire cages, but we also have metal spinning, metal stamping, and CNC wire forming capabilities. Our clients trust us to design effective filter rings, baghouse components, wire display racks, filter bags, and more. We offer PVC vinyl and epoxy coatings for our custom products. Call us for more information!

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Precision Wire Products, Inc. $$$

Englewood, OH  |  937-836-3900

Ratliff Metal Spinning is a full-service metal fabrication shop specializing in CNC metal machining services. We also offer custom tooling, fabrication, engineering, and warehousing services. We outsource coating, polishing, and laser-cutting services. Our customers respect and trust our professional expertise.

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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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