Shapes Achieved through Metal Spinning

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Tue, May 12, 2015


Metal spinning is a well-known fabrication process that produces axially symmetric parts. This process is simple and yields high-quality results, and as such, it has become a primary production method for several manufacturers.


Metal spun parts have proven to be essential to various industrial and commercial applications. A wide variety of shapes and geometries can be achieved using metal spinning.

  • Hemispheres and Spheres are highly versatile shapes. Hemispheres are frequently used in the lighting industry as decorative fixtures and in the communications industry as satellite dishes. Hemispheres can be welded together to create spheres, which provide the strength needed for demanding geological applications.
  • Cones are used in applications that include alternate energy support and soil and concrete testing; in fact, two cones can be welded or soldered together to create slump cone funnels, which are required for concrete testing in the U.S.
  • Flanged parts are crucial when producing diverse air calibration nozzles. The flanged shaped can be altered to accommodate
  • Manufacturers utilize metal spun cylinders for different types of custom piping, tubing, and other products. These seamless cylinders are created using processes such as rolling, bending, and forming; these pieces are commonly used to create pressure vessels capable of withstanding high pressures.
  • Reentrant spun metal pieces are easily identified due to their narrow shape. Reentrant-shaped pieces are primarily used in the food industry—applications include housing for pressure cookers and smokers, different cooking kettles, and individual soup cans. Metal spinning the most cost effective forming solution for this shape.
  • The parabolic shape is frequently used in the communications industry. This metal spun shape is extremely conducive for accurate signal transmissions; antenna reflectors and satellite dishes are prime examples of parabolic products.  
  • Venturi metal shapes closely resemble hourglasses. These shapes are highly versatile; venturi pieces are used for dust collection in the power and bulk solids industry and spray painting in the automotive industry.

Different metal spun shapes are utilized throughout several industries, such as aerospace and defense, waste storage industry power, oil and agriculture, architecture, furniture manufacturing, HVAC, and many others.

Due to the assortment of shapes produced through this process, metal spinning is highly valued in both commercial and industrial applications.

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Achieving the Highest Standards

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Tue, Oct 29, 2013

At Helander, we take pride in what we do. We constantly strive to meet and exceed industry-accepted standards of quality for our metal components, including those for the aerospace and defense industries. As a result, we were recently certified with AS9100 Revision C certification.

The AS9100 certification is a widely accepted aerospace quality standard that made improvements upon an earlier standard, AS9000. Released in 1999 and most recently revised in 2009, AS9100 is now a requirement to do business with a number of major aerospace manufacturers and suppliers all around the world. The certification is essentially a sign of support from the industry’s leading members.aerospace

To obtain AS9100 certification, an organization must implement a quality management system that has a proven ability to produce high-quality parts consistently. The system must also incorporate a procedure that facilitates ongoing progress and improvement, and meet customer expectations while meeting all statutory and regulatory requirements.   

Helander’s aerospace metal components are typically made from titanium, 321 stainless steel, and 7075, 5052, and 6061 aluminum with thicknesses between 0.018” and 0.500”. We offer hydroforming, metal spinning and welding services within a delivery timeframe of 4 to 8 weeks. To learn more about our capabilities or speak to one of our engineers, please visit our website today.


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Dreamliners, Hydroforming and Helander

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Thu, Feb 02, 2012

The new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is like nothing you’ve ever seen. It’s a super-efficient airplane that uses 20% less fuel than any other plane in its class. Did we mention that it does this with a range of 8,500 nautical miles while carrying up to 290 passengers? It’s the plane of the future because it saves fuel while helping handle the ever increasing number of domestic and international air passengers.  It sounds so exciting that it might even be worth planning a vacation around riding in one.

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It should come as no surprise that everyone at Helander is excited about the new Dreamliners. Our excitement not only comes from how cool the new planes sound, it also comes from the fact that we’re experts in hydroforming and it just so happens that hydroforming  is one of the best ways to produce parts for aerospace products. Because of the recent growth in larger aerospace projects like the 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners, Helander has been busy upgrading our already impressive hydroforming capabilities. On February 15th, we will be adding a 20” hydroform machine – our third hydroform overall, and our very first 20” one – which will give us the ability to handle an even  larger volume of orders. Keep checking our blog and website to learn more about our new completely custom rebuilt 20” hydroform machine and how it can help you stay at the forefront of aerospace technology. And if anyone gets to take a ride in a Dreamliner, take some pictures and we will share them with our readers!                                             Learn About Our Services


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