Metal Spinning Affords Fast Turnaround Times

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Wed, Mar 25, 2015

When deciding on metal fabricating processes for component manufacturing, there are many factors to consider—turnaround time is one such factor that is of particular importance. Delayed project deadlines often result in costly consequences for many companies.

emisphereWhen choosing between different fabrication processes, turnaround can be just as important as the quality of the part. One of the main benefits of metal spinning is the short turnaround time on projects.

Tooling required for metal spinning is produced quickly and easily. The tooling dies of metal stamping or casting can take up to six weeks to manufacture, which can cause project delays. The expedited tooling of metal spinning enables parts to be completed and delivered in only four to six weeks. Tooling that takes less time to produce helps to accelerate the overall production cycle.

Metal spinning tooling can be made from a variety of materials. This flexibility in tooling improves production time and provides design engineers with greater performance features. For instance, geometric and dimensional changes from prototyping through production are easier and less costly than in other metal forming processes. Tolerances can also be adjusted if necessary.

Metal spinning also enables multiple operations to be performed in one set up, eliminating secondary set ups and refining production rates. When complex geometries are required, reducing manufacturing steps immediately improves the time required for each component.

Advancements in lathe technologies enable components to be produced with tight tolerances and extreme repeatability. Retooling of CNC machines is rare, but is a simple and fast process. If specialized tooling isn’t required, production can meet very short turnaround times (two to three weeks).

Since the ease of tooling provides shorter lead times, metal spinning is an ideal production method for axially symmetric parts and components.  This is a highly competitive option for metal forming, and the benefit of receiving completed orders promptly saves a considerable amount of time and added costs.


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Metal Spinning and Metal Stamping: Partners in Prototypes

Posted by Samuel Ibrahim, Jr. on Mon, Mar 18, 2013

The options available in metal machining can seem to be different things at different times. Sometimes, the vast range of methods and processes can seem overwhelming and more trouble than they’re worth. More often, though, with the right knowledge and willingness to research, great solutions can come from unexpected places. Such is the case with the relationship between metal stamping and metal spinning. At first glance, they seem only tangentially related, each with their own benefits and qualities, but generally exclusive of each other. A closer look, though, shows that metal spinning can provide great efficiencies in cost and time to metal stamping shops and their customers.

The main area in which those savings can occur is in prototyping. Even if metal stamping is better suited to a long run of a part or product, the costs of tooling and setup often make prototyping an excessive expenditure of time and effort, and thus, money. This is especially true if the customer decides not to proceed with the production run. The nature of metal spinning is much better suited to prototype production, with much less time required in setup and little if any tooling cost. In fact, using metal spinning for a prototype can often save customers up to 90%. More complex geometries can even be formed through metal spinning through the use of multiple blocks and forms to shape the piece. We’re all partners in manufacturing, and it’s great to be able to contribute to the industry’s success through a variety of channels.

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