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A fluid die is a specially shaped, hardened metal shape in which another metal part can be placed and subject to hydraulic pressure in order to take on the shape of the die. Read More…

Hydroforming Hydroforming is a metalworking process in which pressurized fluids are used to shape metals. Hydroforms are produced in equipment called fluid dies.
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Turtle Creek, PA  |  412-823-5003

Founded in 1929, E.H. Schwab manufacturers custom metal spinnings, draw-formed metal parts and metal fabrications from common ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In addition to CNC, semi-automatic and manual spinning capabilities, we offer a variety of complimentary capabilities including fiber laser cutting, CNC machining and milling, certified MIG and TIG welding and much more. Visit our website for more information.

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Chandler, AZ  |  480-813-6828

Since 1994 Southwest Metal Spinning, Inc. has been a manufacture of metal forming and fabricating services. We offer a wide range of products that are top quality, as well as creating custom parts. We have a wide variety of different metals from aluminum to cold rolled steel and very difficult stainless steel. With our staff having over 45+ years of experience in this industry, we are a leading manufacturer of metal spinning. Contact us today for a more complete list of our services that we offer and how our company can help you.

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Southwest Metal Spinning, Inc. $$$

Buffalo, NY  |  716-835-3631

We offer a variety of different products that will make your next project a breeze! Using both CNC and manual spinning lathes, Koch Metal Spinning provides metal spun parts for almost every industry, including industrial, automotive and electronics, with a commitment to both high-quality craftsmanship and innovative technological advancements. For more information on our aluminum spinning, give us a call today!

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Koch Metal Spinning $$$

Maplewood, NJ  |  973-761-4000

Our expert metal spinning and hydroforming craftsmen create complex precision parts in prototype and production amounts. C.B. Kaupp combines our hydroforming technique with metal spinning, deep drawing or virtually any other metal working process to meet your specs in basic to highly exotic metals. In business since 1924, our focus is on precision metal components & metal working.

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C.B. Kaupp & Sons, Inc. $$$

Paramount, CA  |  800-723-4891

Apollo Metal Spinning specializes in metal spinning and offers spun aluminum parts and stainless steel spinning services. We have our own in-plant tool and die shop so that all parts can meet our customer’s needs at a lower cost. All of our production tooling is designed and fabricated within our own facility. We provide quality metal spun products with on time delivery and innovative solutions.

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Apollo Metal Spinning Co., Inc. $$$
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Hydroforming is used by metalworkers to create complex, light weight metal shapes of even wall thickness and good qualities of strength. Hydroforming is a cold working process, which means that it is performed at or near room temperature. This allows for qualities of strength and durability to be imparted unto the metal as it is formed. Hydroforming is an attractive alternative to hot metalworking processes, which are very widely used metal shaping processes, but which involve a higher risk of metal oxidation and other undesirable composition changes.

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The largest consumer of hydroformed metal parts is the automotive industry. Automotive metal tubes in particular are often shaped by hydroforming processes; hydroforming can create complex shapes with irregular dimensions without decreasing tube wall thickness. Other commonly hydroformed parts include bicycle components, flexible metal bellows, chemical transmission pipes and many other products.

Hydroforming is a cost-effective way to shape metals. During the process, hydraulic fluids force metal around the contours of a die, so the material has a more consistent thickness. Hydroforming uses fluid pressure in a conventional tool set to form the part into the desired shape of the die. Hydroforming is advantageous because it can perform in one operation what other methods perform in three, while still maintaining the stiffness of the finished product.

Four primary types of hydroforming currently exist. The most popular type, hydroforming of tubes, is usually performed at low pressure and offers tubular parts with improved integrity and structural performance. Panel hydroforming, often used in the aerospace industry, is a high-pressure process that is used to achieve the correct material flow. The third type, low-pressure hydroforming, involves reshaping tubes when the cross-section definition is not strict.

High-pressure hydroforming, the fourth type, also reshapes the tube, but more drastically. In this type of hydroforming, the length-to-circumference ratio can change up to 50 percent. Aluminum, aluminum alloys, carbon steel, mild steel, copper, brass and bronze alloys, nickel, and nickel alloys are metals that are commonly used in hydroforming.

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