Why Cold Forming?
Cold forming is a high-speed manufacturing process whereby metal is shaped at room temperature without the need for the removal of material. A blank is fed into a succession of dies and punches and, as force is applied, the blank takes on the characteristics of the desired shape. Because the compression in cold forming improves the structural integrity of the metal and because none of the material is removed, the end result is sturdier and more resistant to wear and fatigue than parts made from machining (i.e., metal removal) processes.
Benefits of Cold Forming:
• Cost Savings:
Many machined components can be reimagined as cold-formed components, resulting in significant cost savings. Because little or no cutting operations are required, cold forming reduces or eliminates wasted material.
• Higher Quality:
The metal deformation that occurs in cold forming results in improved grain structure, which improves product performance (i.e., strength and tolerance) and a more resilient surface finish.
• Reduced Production Costs:
Cold forming is a high-speed process. Often, hundreds of parts can be produced per minute vs. only dozens per minute for traditional machining.