American Hydroformers: The advantages of deep draw hydroforming
If you need a lightweight metal part with a depth larger than the radius, deep draw hydroforming is the way to go. This versatile process makes lightweight, durable parts that are deeper and more accurate than traditionally stamped parts.
To create a part with deep draw hydroforming, metal sheets are drawn into a die and shaped by a punch. Unlike with a stamp, these pieces can be redrawn to reshape it as much as it needs to be. Hydroforming has been around since 1899, but the process really took off when it was adopted by the automotive industry in the early 1900s. Since then, manufacturers continue to use deep draw hydroforming to make high-quality products. Here are some of the advantages of this process.
Lightweight but strong
Deep draw hydroforming uses cold metal, not hot. Because of this, the metals retain their strength and stability. The process also prevents wrinkling, tearing or other problems that are common in die casting. It makes a beautiful seamless finished product, no matter what the depth or shape is.
Once a job is set up, it can just keep going. This makes deep draw hydroforming ideal for large or long-run jobs. The process produces a product that requires less manpower to execute and less finishing work.
More accurate parts
The ability to re-draw a part is one of the crucial benefits of deep draw hydroforming. It makes the part deeper or wider with each pass until it meets the customer’s requirements. This process makes it simple to produce irregularly shaped products with maximum accuracy.
Here at American Hydroformers, we not only form hydroformed components, but we also offer complete assembly level fabrication of automotive structures, industrial laser cutting, and stencil work, as well as tube forming. If you have questions about deep draw hydroforming, tube hydroforming, tube forming or any other metal fabrication process, please contact us. We would be happy to work with you on your next job.