October 9, 2003
The most common way to establish tube length after hydroforming is by cutting or shearing the tube to a specified dimension; however, cutting out this step can reduce scrap. A new method designed to eliminate this step combines forming the end of a tube to resemble its final form with using a hydroform die to correct end position variations off the bender. While this approach eliminates the final shear trim operation, it also presents new challenges.
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Why scaling up may be tough in metal fabrication - by Tim Heston
Hefty competition usually drives companies to consolidate to achieve economies of scale. For metal fabrication, this rule may not apply.
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