Look around your office or house or walk through a furniture store. Spend some time in the contemporary section and you will see how hydroforming is used to create furniture.
Stools: Look at the bar stool section of the furniture store. The bottom part is usually a round disk and a tube. If you look closely at the round disk you will notice it looks like one piece, and it is. Sheet hydroforming was used where a sheet of metal was placed into a die and liquid was pressurized to bend the metal into the perfect shape for the base of a barstool. What is great is no matter how many bar stools you purchase, that base can be the same since with hydroforming a multitude of bases can be made that are all identical.
Table and Chair Legs
Table and Chair Legs: Do you see any table and chair legs that are metal, yet they are not just a round tube? Those were probably created with tube hydroforming where a tube of metal was placed into a die and liquid was pressurized inside the tube to stretch it to create that uniquely shaped table or chair leg. If you see a table or chair leg that has more than one curve, then imagine trying to create that with your hands and tools and then creating identical copies. That can only happen with tube hydroforming.
Parts: On some of your furniture there might be metal braces or small metal legs. Those are all probably created with hydroforming which is used to create many identical pieces.
Hydroforming and Furniture
Hydroforming is a process that creates furniture pieces that are strong and durable. There are no welds to break apart or snag a person’s clothes. The lack of welds and tool marks creates a shiny and smooth finish that complements any house decor.
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