Requirements in automotive industries have changed over the years. Now, for all processes and parts involved in them is necessary a modern approach, and although carbon fibre gained popularity in the past decade, metal forming is still an important part of developing modern and reliable vehicles. However, metal pressing can be used in a number of industries, and business owners in many domains can take advantage of them. However, for a better understanding of these processes in automotive industries, you can continue reading below.
Stamping or metal pressing
Although this process requires large investments in equipment, it remains one of the most popular processes used in many industries. And automotive is not an exception. Using a hydraulic press, both ferrous and nonferrous metals are drawn into a variety of shapes and sizes, depending on client’s requirements, resulting in different car components, usually box or cup shaped. However, shapes do vary a lot. One of the many benefits deep drawing has is the roughness it provides to the final product. Another advantage of this process is that although investing in the necessary equipment is quite expensive, the labour cost is set quite low, being the go-to alternative for many manufacturers.
Metal laser cutting
With all technological developments in the late years, a great method of modelling metals remains laser cutting. Although a difficult process in the past, now laser-cutting processes are controlled by a computer, using pre-established patterns. Having the capacity of cutting with high levels of accuracy, it remains a great alternative for small, elaborate car components.
High velocity forming
Is a process resulting in a plastic deformation of the material after a large amount of energy is applied to it. Unlike traditional methods, this process reduces the number of necessary steps for accomplishing a single item. Although it is used on large scale for creating prototypes, it is not the go-to option of manufacturers when it comes to mass production, because of the limitations this method has.
Extrusion, for long metal components
The metal piece if forced into a cylindrical form resulting in long tubes and bars. This method has the benefit of creating stronger parts with smoother finishes. In automotive industries, aluminium is the preferred metal for this process, because of its lightweight and malleability.
Metal shaping processes are used at large scale in numerous industries. Therefore, no matter what your company’s field of activity is, inform yourself and see how you can profit from it.
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