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A flat, round disc of sheet metal, called a preform blank, rotates at high speeds on a spinning lathe. Rollers apply pressure to the blank, and the metal is shaped over a form called a mandrel, taking its shape. Read More…

Spin Forming Spin forming, also referred to as metal spinning, is a cold working metalworking process that produces shapes with thin walls, round profiles and hollow middles.
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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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The finished product of a spin forming process is smooth, without any chipping, wrinkling or warbling, and it can be tubular, spherical, bell-shaped or cylindrical. The process lasts less than ten minutes per piece, is cost-effective and offers a high degree of precision and accuracy. Spin forming machines can be manually operated or controlled by computer numerical control systems, which make the process fully automated.

Many kinds of metal can be shaped by spin forming, including aluminum, titanium, stainless steel and copper, which are formed into blanks by stamping, deep drawing or press forming. The blanks become products like lighting fixtures, cookware, bowls, decorative and ornamental products, nozzles, tank heads, funnels, pressure vessels and cartridges for the aerospace, food and beverage, marine, lighting, pharmaceutical, defense contracting and cookware industries. Many products have decorative detail, varying thicknesses and complex shape designs.

While standard spin forming is most often used, there are a couple of other variations that meet specific design specifications. The tube forming method manufactures metal tubes that are open on one or both ends and have uniform or varying wall thickness. When standard spinning does not meet complex design requirements, flow forming is used.


It is a more advanced spinning process that allows variation in wall thickness of its products and produces a finished shape by working from the thickness of the starting blank, which creates a thinner part than the original starting perform. Finally, during hydroforming, instead of a mandrel, the metal flows around a punch by using a high pressure hydraulic system.

All of these methods produce parts that don't generate any wasted or scrap material and are manufactured in small to medium runs with short lead times. Since spin forming is a cold working process, the tensile strength and ductility of the metal is retained or increased after forming, meaning spun metal products fare well in a number of applications and environments.

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