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American Hydroformers: The advantages of deep draw hydroforming

American Hydroformers: The advantages of deep draw hydroforming

If you need a lightweight metal part with a depth larger than the radius, deep draw hydroforming is the way to go. This versatile process makes lightweight, durable parts that are deeper and more accurate than traditionally stamped parts.

To create a part with deep draw hydroforming, metal sheets are drawn into a die and shaped by a punch. Unlike with a stamp, these pieces can be redrawn to reshape it as much as it needs to be. Hydroforming has been around since 1899, but the process really took off when it was adopted by the automotive industry in the early 1900s. Since then, manufacturers continue to use deep draw hydroforming to make high-quality products. Here are some of the advantages of this process.

Three Reasons to Choose American Hydroformers

Three Reasons to Choose American Hydroformers

Not every company needs to avail itself of hydroforming services.  We know that. As leaders in the industry, we are also aware of increasing demand for our services. In fact, as businesses grow, they might find themselves in need of hydroforming in areas where they used to use alternatives.

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.

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.

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.

Tube Hydroforming Updates: News Snippets from Around the Web

Tube Hydroforming Updates: News Snippets from Around the Web

Beginning in the 1970’s, the process of tube hydroforming has met the increasing demand for the manufacture of simple, lightweight components. Over the next few decades, this process has developed to maximize strengths and eliminate weaknesses.

Recent innovations are aimed to improve competitiveness of hydroforming technology by reducing initial investment cost, increasing production rate, and material utilization, consolidating more parts into single parts, and finding ways to eliminate drawbacks, such as excessive thinning (Journal of Materials Processing Technology).

Metal Stamping and Hydroforming: High-Quality Work at a Low Cost

Metal Stamping and Hydroforming: High-Quality Work at a Low Cost

When you are working with metal, you will find that there are a variety of options and tools available for you to use. Although there are so many options for you to choose from, many companies decide to use hydroforming. Hydroforming is perfect for creating shapes using different types of metals. Hydroforming gives you several benefits when it comes to work operations, efficiency, productivity, and the cost.