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Leveraging FEA for Pre-Production Needs

Leveraging FEA for Pre-Production Needs

In some situations, speed is of the essence. Think of self-styled “fast food” or “quick service” dining establishments. If such restaurants are unable to provide quality food quickly enough, their clientele may question the business model.

In many situations, however, the speed at which a good or service can be provided is less important than the quality. Although timing clearly does matter, speed doesn’t trump effectiveness. This is especially important to remember during pre-production.

Is the Pressure to Meet CAFE Standards Rising or Falling?

Is the Pressure to Meet CAFE Standards Rising or Falling?

Are CAFE standards rising or falling? If we know one thing about American policy and lawmaking, it’s that nothing stays static forever. Over the past centuries of our country’s history, we’ve enacted laws, rolled them back, and reenacted new ones in their places. This is the shape of progress: sometimes we must take a step back in order to take new steps forward.

American Hydroformers: Hydroforming in the Automotive Industry

American Hydroformers: Hydroforming in the Automotive Industry

Hydroforming is a fabrication method that is regularly used in the transportation and automotive industries. Hydroforming is used so often because it allows even the most complex shapes to be created without the need to weld parts. Many automakers have relied on a traditional stamping method and a traditional welding method to fabricate components.

What Is Tube Hydroforming?

What Is Tube Hydroforming?

One of the most popular and most unconventional metal forming processes is tube hydroforming. Tube hydroforming is generally used to create various tubular components. When this process is used, tubes are shaped into different forms using internal pressure to force the blank tube to fit into the shape of the given die cavity. 

Casting Vs. Metal Stamping: Should Metal Stamping Be Your Choice?

Casting Vs. Metal Stamping: Should Metal Stamping Be Your Choice?

Casting vs. metal stamping: should metal stamping be your choice? Working with metal is not a new method of manufacturing. Since the middle of the 1800s, a large number of metal forming operations started to grow rapidly. Ultimately, these operations turned into what we know them to be today. With the creation of the metal forming operations, there was bound to be a degree of separation. In this industry, many companies have a specialty in one metal forming operation.