Hydroforming isn't as mysterious as it seems. This technology area is full of articles, including case studies, on hydroforming sheet metal and tubular sections.
September 30, 2008
ASTM A513 (Standard Specification for Electric-Resistance-Welded Carbon and Alloy Steel Mechanical Tubing) is a conventional specification that governs tube for many uses, and hydroformers have been relying on tube made to this standard for many years. However, some hydroformers think that some aspects of this specification aren't appropriate for hydroforming: Some portions of it need to be tightened up and others loosened. Developing a modified specification specifically for hydroforming likely will result in less expensive tubing and fewer failures.
September 16, 2008
The Beckwood Press Co. offers hydraulic presses and automated systems, available from 2 to 2,000-plus tons; benchtop presses from 2 to 50 tons; and servo-motion presses from 2 to 150-plus tons. These...
July 15, 2008
Interlaken Technology Corp. offers hydroforming press systems for use in production and materials research applications. The computer-controlled hydraulic press systems, which incorporate data...
June 17, 2008
The energy sector is hot right now, and so is pipe production. Finding the optimum material for making pipe for this industry is tricky. Low-alloy carbon steels tend to be strong, but lack corrosion resistance. Stainless steels resist corrosion but lack strength. Cladding low-alloy carbon steel with a thin layer of a corrosion-resistant alloy is a suitable process, one that AWS Schaefer has devised for manufacturing such pipes.
January 15, 2008
The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show at McCormick Place in Chicago hosted more exhibiting companies and covered more exhibit space than any previous FABTECH. Filling 461,627 sq. ft....
October 9, 2007
The 2007 FABTECH® International & AWS Welding Show, the largest North American showcase of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, and welding equipment and technology, will return to...
September 11, 2007
Tube traditionally is produced with a constant wall thickness, leaving design engineers stuck with designing tubular parts and unable to optimize them. A tube with variable wall thickness changes all that. This technology allows design engineers to specify the wall thickness in various areas of a tubular component—increasing the wall thickness in bend regions to prevent splitting and decreasing wall thickness elsewhere to reduce part weight.
June 12, 2007
More than a decade ago, tube hydroforming grew in two directions: low-pressure hydroforming (a patented process) and high-pressure hydroforming. Since then the industry has grown to include all manner of robots, laser cutting systems, punching operations, and so on. Manufacturing consultant Gary Morphy takes us through about two decades of trends and developments and sheds some light on the future of this industry.
May 8, 2007
Sheet hydroforming has fewer restrictions when forming complicated parts, which gives styling designers and manufacturing engineersmore flexibility during the design process. To provide a stylish body shape for the Pontiac Solstice®, GM chose sheet hydroforming to manufacture its hood, door, deck lid, and body side assemblies.
October 10, 2006
The growth in hydroforming use has slowed as tube hydroformers, particularly in the automotive industry, are taking a step back to examine process options in an effort to determine the most efficient, cost-effective process. Some even have reverted to stamping and welding formerly hydroformed parts. This article explains how the industry got to this point and where it's headed.