Hydroforming—A Metal Production Method That Provides Precision And Strength

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High-quality metal products will support structural integrity and functionality. A hydroforming process is a modern metal shaping technique. Pressurized water is used to form sheet metal and tubes into distinct shapes.

Metal Forming And Welding Issues

A standard die-cut machine that is used to form metal materials may require that adjoining pieces are welded together. Welding metal is a laborious task that does not always produce favorable results. Two pieces of metal that are welded together will contain a visible welding seam. This seam could ultimately reduce the strength of metal materials. A hydroforming service involves using a die, die halves, and pressurized liquid.

A hydroforming service omits the need to weld materials. As a result of using a hydroforming service, an end user can acquire complex metal designs. Metal will not contain any seams. Hydroforming is considered a cost-effective way to produce raw metal materials.

Molded metal can be used to construct new buildings or to prepare metal components that are needed to manufacture a custom part. A business owner may choose to seek a hydroforming service if they are going to be working with a lot of metal components that contain distinct measurements and possess unique physical characteristics. 

The Hydroforming Processes

A sheet metal hydroforming process involves using pressurized water to drive a raw metal product into a die. The force of the water aids with bending or twisting the metal into a custom shape. A tube metal hydroforming process utilizes a pair of die halves. Two raw tube sections are each secured inside a die half. As the pressurized water comes into contact with the metal, it is expanded and shaped.

The water pressure and die resistance will aid with bonding the two metal sections together. This type of sheet metal forming process can be used to make plumbing or long structural metal tubes that will be used during construction. A hydroforming process can be used to create complex metal materials. Hydroforming can be used to make intricate designs that could not be prepared with a standard die-cutting process.

Since metal tubes will not contain a welding seam, metal materials will maintain their strength. Each hydroforming process requires the same type of equipment. A machine operator will oversee each hydroforming session. Hydroforming can be used to create unique products or to mass-produce metal components that are going to be used for many different business applications. 

For more information about sheet metal hydroforming, contact a local company. 


24 October 2022

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