Friction stir welding (FSW) is a relatively new welding process that was invented at The Welding Institute in Cambridge, UK in 1991. FSW is a solid-state joining process that uses frictional heat combined with accurately directed forging pressure to produce high integrity welded joints for extruded or wrought aluminum. The process can also be used to join copper, titanium, and certain alloys. This automated frictional welding process is more robust than other joining processes and is a good fit for industries that must employ high-volume production, such as the automotive industry.
While it may still be seen as one of the newer methods in the industry, especially when compared to the conventional or traditional stamping processes, tube hydroforming continues to have a large impact in the automotive industry and a host of other industries. Why is tube hydroforming having such a great impact in these industries? Why is tube hydroforming a popular choice over the older techniques?
Many business owners associate metal stamping with automotive manufacturing but this method is becoming a popular choice in other industries. Metal stamping, which uses dies and punches to form and cut cold metal, has evolved over the years as technology advanced. Not only is stamping a good way to turn out expensive and lightweight parts for the transportation industry, but it continues to be the best option for many other types of metal products, including tools and household goods.
Hydroforming is the process that involves shaping various metal parts into pieces that are sturdy and light in weight. While this is a very quick and affordable process, it is also very efficient and effective. We know that when you produce parts of any size, you will have a variety of requirements that you will need to meet. One of those requirements that you will need to be met is tight tolerance.
Hydroforming is a process that is used extensively in creating components for automobiles, airplanes, helicopters, and bicycles. However, hydroforming with brass has become a preferred method for creating shell casings and household components such as sink faucets. Why is brass considered the metal of choice for these products?
Hydroforming is the process of using pressure on sheets of metal to create shapes, many that are used in building automobiles. For example, if you look at the metal cradle holding the engine in an automobile, you are looking at something formed through tube hydroforming. If you look at the side of your automobile, it was probably formed through hydroforming used on a sheet of metal. While called by different names, there are two types of sheet hydroforming: Active and passive.
The hydroforming method has been around for more than six decades, but there have been many advancements and innovations that have changed the way each industry thinks about their profits, manufacturing strategies, design, etc. For many years now, die casting has been the preferred metal forming option for a variety of industries, including the following:
Most individuals are trying to cut costs and save money. One way is to purchase a fuel-efficient car. But most of those cars are compact cars and on the road with larger vehicles, safety can be a concern. Of most concern is getting hit and the car collapsing or trapping an individual inside the vehicle. Automobile manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve the safety of all vehicles and at the same time not make vehicles heavier.
The solid-state welding process in which the materials that are used for welding never go over the require melting points is known as friction-stir welding. This process requires heat to be generated during each point of contact that is used to join the materials together. During the friction-stir welding process, a spinning tool is imposed on a piece of work. The spinning tool is put through a downward force and turning over to the weld direction.
One of the more enjoyable aspects of living in a technological age is the ease with which we can access news and information. At any moment, we can learn about new inventions and fresh developments in any number of industries.
Just recently, an announcement of advancements in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) capabilities grabbed the attention of the hydroforming community.