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Friction Stir Welding: Applications That Are Far Out and Close to Home

Friction Stir Welding: Applications That Are Far Out and Close to Home

Friction Stir Welding: Applications That Are Far Out and Close to Home. Liquid hydrogen, it’s a substance that has fascinated mankind since the 1800s. That’s when James Dewar unleashed it as well as his thoughts on vacuum flasks and regenerative cooling on to the world. At the time, many Americans were unsure about what liquid hydrogen could do but that would all change thanks primarily to NASA and its Centaur rockets. Although revolutionary, the upper stage rockets did pose a problem that until recently has continually vexed the government agency. It was one of tank integrity.

American Hydroformers Can Take You from Prototype through Production

American Hydroformers Can Take You from Prototype through Production

Whether you’re looking to build a prototype fresh from the drawing board or to manufacture your already proven components on a small or large-scale, American Hydroformers can handle your fabricating needs from start to finish. With a huge facility and precise and specialized equipment, taking you from prototype through production is possible, all from one location.

Hydroforming: Moving Us into the Future

Hydroforming: Moving Us into the Future

Every once in a while, a modern storyteller will encourage readers to consider how the would change if something in the past had shifted in a different direction. This genre is called Alternate History, and there are literally thousands of works on the market that explore these subjects.

Current CAFE Standards Help Save Money All Around

Current CAFE Standards Help Save Money All Around

CAFE Standards Help Save Money All Around. Much has been written in recent days about the state of the U.S. economy. While we are certainly not a poor nation, if we compare ourselves now to ourselves in days gone by, we’re not doing as well as we have in the past.

According to Financial Timesalthough things are picking up, the economy continues to under perform.

[Gross] domestic product is sluggish, productivity growth is down and, though wages are ticking up, incomes have hardly budged.

But our situation is not hopeless. 

Higher Value Increases Use of Aluminum in Vehicles

Higher Value Increases Use of Aluminum in Vehicles

In 2015, Ford’s F-150 was the first high-volume vehicle produced with an aluminum frame, reducing the F-150’s weight by 700 pounds. Since then, the need for strong, lightweight material is driving a significant increase in the use of hydroformed aluminum to make automobiles that are both fuel and cost efficient while retaining key safety features.

Automotive Metal Stamping and the Use of Polymers Grow

Automotive Metal Stamping and the Use of Polymers Grow

Last October we posted a piece looking at the potential for growth in the metal stamping industry, Though Struggles Exist, Hydroforming and Metal Stamping Thrive. One year later, we can say our prediction was correct.

Automotive metal stamping demand in commercial vehicles was valued at over $20 billion in 2015, according to a new Research and Markets report. Furthermore, demand for metal stamping in parts manufacturing and body work in commercial vehicles is expected to grow over the next eight years to reach over $112 billion by 2024.

A World Without Hydroforming

A World Without Hydroforming

Since the 1990s, hydroforming has been revolutionizing specific aspects of various industries. Advances in hydroforming have affected our lives more than most of us even know. The best way to prove this point is to help you imagine a world without hydroforming.

In a world without hydroforming, automobiles are heavier, weaker, less safe, more expensive, and significantly less fuel efficient.

Tube hydroforming has drawn increased attention in the automotive industry due to its advantages… Hydroformed parts can provide

Advantages of Hydroforming in the Mid-West

Advantages of Hydroforming in the Mid-West

The advantages of hydroforming are many. Mostly, they revolve around material efficiency, speed and cost savings. Traditional deep drawing methods suffer from the effects of drawing stress (on the materials) during the process. This is hard to avoid or minimize even when preventive measures are put into place. Fortunately, innovative techniques such as hydroforming address these points. The result is a more fine-tuned deep drawing process, which leads to better overall quality.

Hydroforming utilizes a pressurized oil chamber and a diaphragm which exerts pressure onto a punch. The little details like this matter all the more when you are dealing with intricate shapes or specialized designs. For example, a project that requires fine-tuning your psi would be ideal for hydroforming. Where wrinkling or warped materials would be a concern with traditional deep drawing, hydroforming affords you the high precision with pressure control.

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One of the strongest advantages of hydroforming is that a wide variety of metals are still viable for this process. From stainless steel to aluminum, you don’t limit your choices here. Furthermore, not all metals or specific metal shaping scenarios are met well with traditional stamping techniques. It’s too broad of a solution, so again we round back to hydroforming as a more intricate, fine-tuned method. Cost savings play in here, too. With hydroforming, you cut down on costs related to development by eliminating the need for steel tooling and accommodating for various materials. Whatever the material, hydroforming can accommodate it.

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Finally, Hydroforming is simply more efficient and offers a wider variety of solutions. It’s the best of all worlds for deep drawing.

The benefits of THF include:

  • Seamless bonding
  • Increased structural strength
  • Better load support compared with stamped sheet metal
  • Reduced weight
  • Ability to maintain high-quality surfaces for finishing
  • Fewer parts, which means lower tooling cost
  • Less scrap
  • Lower capital costs
  • Reduced dimensional variability
  • Increasing uses and applications

American Hydroformers specializes in the tube hydroforming process. To learn more about this process and how you can take advantage of our expertise, contact us today!

American Hydroformers Can Take You from Prototype through Production

American Hydroformers Can Take You from Prototype through Production

Whether you’re looking to build a prototype fresh from the drawing board or to manufacture your already proven components on a small or large-scale, American Hydroformers can handle your fabricating needs from start to finish. With a huge facility and precise and specialized equipment, taking you from prototype through production is possible, all from one location.