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.
Sometimes when we’re in a hurry, we’re willing to sacrifice quality for speed. For example, if we’re hungry but don’t have time to stop at a sit-down restaurant, let alone buy ingredients and cook our own meal at home, we’re willing to settle for fast food. While that fast food might satisfy our immediate hunger, none of us would argue that it’s a high-quality choice.
Not everyone is going to realize this, but one of the most important pieces of the manufacturing process is metal stamping. Metal stamping provides a variety of benefits and advantages for companies in a variety of industries. In order for you to get a better understanding of the benefits of metal stamping, we want to give you some key reasons why any type of business should consider this process.
Whether you’ll soon be needing hydroforming services, are looking to leverage the benefits of pre-production Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for your product prototype, or are just shopping around because you’re not satisfied with your current hydroforming provider, there are three good reasons to consider American Hydroformers to meet your needs.
Since 1975, CAFE standards have been in effect for the automotive industry. Since that time, these standards have been updated several times, culminating in changes announced in 2014, which are now in effect across the board.
Though the wheels of progress do tend to turn slowly, we’re now seeing the culmination of many years’ of hard work.
Deep draw hydroforming is in competition with a variety of other manufacturing processes that are used to create things we use on a daily basis. However, there are several differences when it comes to deep draw hydroforming that sets this process apart from the other manufacturing processes. Deciding the right choice can certainly be confusing, and you will likely hear different opinions and advice as you are considering the right method for your needs. Unfortunately, some of those opinions and advice will be based on myths and misconceptions.
Most people seem to think that faster is better.
Americans enjoy fast food, instant messaging, and even (believe it or not) new quick-cooking slow cookers. While not everything is better faster, we recognize that manufacturers could potentially save money if they were able to collapse the amount of time spent in the pre-production phase.
Most private citizens are unaware that current CAFE standards exist, let alone what they mean and how they impact our society. That doesn’t mean that the average person remains unaffected by them, though.
Before we get to specifics, however, let’s consider what CAFE standards actually are and what they’re intended to accomplish.
Overview of Tube Hydroforming
Tube hydroforming is one of two groups within the broader category of hydroforming itself, along with sheet hydroforming. It is a relatively new manufacturing process, but it has led to very impressive results. The process involves expanding metal tubes into a different form through the use of a pair of die halves. The die halves support the raw tube. The cross-sectional tube structure is altered as a result of the internal pressure involved.
Friction stir welding is an innovative and unique method of joining metals by using frictional heat combined with a controlled forging pressure, producing full penetrated welded joints with high integrity that are defect free. Friction stir welding is most efficient on cylindrical components, flat plates as well as on parts of uneven thickness.