Although the process of high-temperature metal gas forming may not be common knowledge, most people benefit from this process on a daily basis. They just don’t know that they do.
While the process of high-temperature metal gas forming is similar to that of basic hydroforming, there’s an element of heat involved. The beauty of this process is that at the right temperatures, the part conforms precisely to the dimensions of the die. Parts can be produced quickly, affordably, and reliably.
The Automotive Connection
Ultimately, high-temperature metal gas forming has had one of its strongest impacts in the automotive sector. Because the industry is constantly seeking to increase fuel efficiency while retaining the overall safety and structural integrity of the vehicle, the process has been thoroughly investigated for its practical use.
From that standpoint, the use of shaped hollow parts in the car body in white appears one of the most promising solutions, due to the elevated stiffness of tubular structures and the reduced weight (Research Gate).
Of course, when automobiles are safer, stronger, and more fuel-efficient, everybody wins. The automakers win because they’ve raised the bar on industry standards. Individual car owners win because their cars are of higher quality. Consumers win because as vehicles become more efficient, shipping costs drop across the board.
Although the vast majority of those benefiting from this aspect of hydroforming will never realize to whom they owe their debt of gratitude, we here at American Hydroformers are proud to be part of the process.
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About American Hydroformers
Founded in 2003, American Hydroformers specializes in the tube hydroforming manufacturing process. Production capabilities include numerous metal forming techniques such as hydroforming, hydraulic press work, metal stamping, and tube forming. In addition to hydroformed components, American Hydroformers offers complete assembly level fabrication of automotive structures, robotic welding, and both industrial laser and plasma cutting.