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.
When 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.