The Benefits of Hydroforming with Jones Metal
For more than 50 years, Jones Metal Products has been fulfilling complex metal fabrication orders using the hydroforming process. Whether your part requires hydroforming, deep draw hydroforming or Cincinnati hydroforming, we are equipped with the experience and presses that get the job done.
Manufacturers that require precision forming, lasering or finishing can benefit from the hydroforming process. It is ideal for the creation of special shapes that must meet specific tolerances, and itâ€™s an adaptable solution for many industries â€“ from aerospace and defense, to healthcare and power generation.
Creating Complex Shapes
One of the biggest advantages of the hydroforming process is the ability to form complex shapes and angles, all with minimal â€œthin-out.â€ Hydroformed parts maintain precise tolerances, allowing irregular pieces to be easily formed. It is ideal for companies interested in producing small runs of intricate parts.
Jones Metal works with a variety of metals in the hydroforming process, including stainless steel, titanium and clad metals, brass, copper and alloys including hastelloys, inconels, cobalt and nickel.
Because hydroforming employs high-pressure hydraulic fluid to form parts to a cavity instead of a punch, pieces emerge with a near-perfect, quality finish free of burrs or scuffs, virtually eliminating the need for downstream finishing or polishing. Typical materials fabricated include steel, aluminum, brass, copper, titanium, and high temperature alloys.
Hydroforming allows customers to cut down on upfront costs associated with traditional metal forming and stamping because the process eliminates the need for expensive dies, hardened steel tools and hard epoxy or cast plastics for prototyping. The quality finish produced by hydroforming also creates cost savings, as it reduces the need for additional finishing and polishing, or the correction of scuff marks, shock and stretch lines.
For prototyping and part development, hydroforming is an ideal process. With just small adjustments to the tooling and material thickness, we can produce new and improved parts in small runs to be used in development and equipment modifications.