Friction stir welding is a solid-state joining process that uses heat that has been generated by friction to bond different materials. The friction-stir welding process uses a non-consumable tool to join the different materials.
There’s never been another year like 2020. It’s unrivaled in recent history for its global disruption. Here in North America, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, coupled with political turmoil and social unrest, has caused quite a disruption. It’s safe to say that no industry has been immune to the fallout. That includes the metal stamping market.
Whenever there’s an opportunity to reduce the weight of a car or light-duty truck, it’s that reduced weight which moves us closer… “to [meeting] the 2025 CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards,” says Brain Fish, North American Automotive Marketing Manager at Dupont. An average goal set for passenger cars and light-duty trucks is 54.5 mpg by 2025. That makes lighter vehicles top priority.
When the right situation presents itself, sheet metal hydroforming will be an efficient and cost-effective manufacturing process. However, the situation will depend on the project and the type of equipment that will be available.
Most cyclists who suffer head injuries due to a fall aren’t wearing helmets at the time of the incident. Though 29% of adults and 42% of youth cyclists always wear helmets when they ride, those who choose not to do so could face serious risks. 78% of adults and 88% of injured cyclists aren’t wearing helmets when they fall.
The way of shaping various metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and other metals into weighted pieces that are durable and solid is known as hydroforming. Generally, hydroforming is used in the automotive industry and the aerospace industry because these industries are known for their complex shapes. The automotive and aerospace industries also need parts and components that are solid, durable, and light.
Mountain bikers have been making lots of noise lately about the 2021 Chisel Comp, produced by the U.S.-based company Specialized. Lightweight and stiff, the new Chisel Comp perfectly balanced, designed to handle rough terrain with ease. This might explain why the model sold out more or less immediately.
For years, American Hydroformers has been using tubular hydroforming in the automotive industry, appliance industry, and other industries to convert multi-part assemblies into hydroformed parts that are light and durable. Our ability to use hydroforming effectively allows us to create simple and complex parts that we would not be able to create using conventional or traditional forming methods.
If you take time to check out the best and newest bikes on the market, from dirt bikes to street bikes to racing bikes, you’ll find most of them have one thing in common.
They all have hydroformed components.
Take, for example, the 2020 Polygon Cleo 2.