Metal spinning, also known as spin forming or spinning, is a process that is used to create a wide variety of cylindrical parts out of sheet metal. It involves the use of a spinning lathe that shapes the metal by applying pressure with a spinning tool and forming it over a chuck. One of the main advantages of metal spinning is that it allows for the creation of parts with very precise tolerances, which is essential for many industrial applications. Learn more about Metal Spinning in our blog here.
In order for a part to be considered precise, it needs to be within a certain range of tolerances. Tolerance refers to the amount of allowable deviation from a given dimension or shape. For example, a tolerance of +/- 0.5 millimetres means that a part can be as much as 0.5 millimetres larger or smaller than the specified dimension and still be considered acceptable. The tighter the tolerances, the more precise the part needs to be.
Factors Affecting Tolerance
The ability to achieve precise tolerances with metal spinning depends on a number of factors, including the material being used, the spinning process, and the skill of the operator. Some of the main factors that can affect tolerance include:
- Material properties: The properties of the metal being used, such as its thickness, strength, and ductility, will affect its ability to be shaped to precise tolerances.
- Tooling: The quality and condition of the tooling used in the spinning process can have a significant impact on tolerance. Worn or damaged tooling can result in parts that are not to tolerance.
- Operator skill: The skill and experience of the operator is another important factor that can affect tolerance. An experienced operator who is familiar with the spinning process will be better able to achieve precise tolerances than someone who is not.
- Equipment: The spinning machine and its age and condition is also an important factor in achieving precise tolerances. Obsolete equipment will be less precise and may require more frequent maintenance.
Customisation at Excell Metal Spinning
At Excell Metal Spinning Ltd, we understand that every customer has unique requirements when it comes to metal spinning. That’s why we offer a fully customizable service to cater for different tolerances, and work closely with our customers to develop bespoke tooling, designs and processes.
One of the ways we customize our service is by developing bespoke tooling. We can create tooling from either wood or steel, depending on the customers’ needs and requirements. We work closely with our customers to design and produce tooling that is specifically tailored to their parts, ensuring that the final product meets their exact specifications.
We also help our customers design bespoke components using our industry knowledge and experience. We have a team of experts who can work with customers to create unique parts that meet their specific requirements, whether it’s for a single, complex prototype or a large run of production parts.
In addition, we adjust our processes to meet special requirements like testing and finishes. We also offer a variety of surface finishing options like polishing, anodizing, electroplating, and powder coating to improve the performance, lifespan and aesthetic appeal of the parts.
Capabilities of Excell Metal Spinning
At Excell Metal Spinning Ltd, we have a wide range of capabilities that allow us to produce precise parts with tight tolerances. One of the key factors that enable us to achieve precise tolerances is our ability to work with a wide variety of materials. We specialize in spinning a wide variety of metals including aluminium, copper and steel. Additionally, we have experience working with exotic metals like titanium, silver, and brass.
We also have a wealth of industry expertise, having worked with a range of industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Food Processing and many more. Our team of experts has the knowledge and experience to understand the unique requirements of different industries and to develop solutions that meet those needs.
We use a combination of manual metal spinning and CNC metal spinning to achieve precise tolerances. Manual metal spinning is a traditional method that requires a high degree of skill and experience, while CNC metal spinning uses computer-controlled machines to achieve precise tolerances. This combination allows us to produce parts with tight tolerances while still maintaining the unique characteristics of the parts that can be achieved through manual metal spinning.
In addition, we use a variety of additional manufacturing processes like welding and laser cutting to ensure that the final product meets the customers’ exact specifications. Our in-house welding and laser cutting facilities enable us to produce parts that are ready for final assembly or installation, saving our customers the additional cost and lead time of outsourcing these processes.
Whether you need a single, complex prototype, or a large run of production parts, we have the capability and capacity to meet your metal spinning needs. We also offer a variety of surface finishing options like polishing, anodizing, electroplating, and powder coating to improve the performance, lifespan and aesthetic appeal of the parts.
In conclusion, metal spinning is a versatile and precise process that can be used to create a wide variety of cylindrical parts from sheet metal. The ability to achieve precise tolerances with metal spinning depends on various factors such as material properties, tooling, operator skill, equipment and quality control protocols. At Excell Metal Spinning Ltd, we have the expertise, experience, and state-of-the-art equipment to meet the tolerance needs of our customers.
We also offer customization services and a wide range of capabilities to produce a variety of shapes and forms, as well as surface finishing options to improve the performance and aesthetic appeal of the parts. Our in-house quality control system and strict quality assurance protocols ensure that all parts that leave our facility meet or exceed customer specifications. Contact us today to discuss your next metal spinning project, and let us help you achieve the precision you need.
Find out more about Excell Metal Spinning Ltd on their member profile page here
Member-created content 1 month ago | Members' news