Metal Forming

In House Metal Forming

United Western Enterprises understands that sometimes your parts require more than etching. We are ready to support you with our value-added options. Among these are our metal forming manufacturing processes, which include roll forming, press braking, and more.

United Western Enterprises has in-house metal forming that is supported by our tool-making capabilities to assure you, the customer, that parts will be made to your specifications in a timely manner.

About Metal Forming

Metal forming is a common metalworking process that involves permanently deforming the material into the desired shape—known as plastic deformation—without adding or subtracting mass. Shaping metals in this manner can occur below the material’s recrystallization temperature (cold working) or above its recrystallization temperature (hot working).

There are several types of metal forming processes:

  • Tensile forming – This process utilizes tensile stress to deform metal by expanding, stretching, or recessing the material.
  • Compressive forming – This process involves utilizing compressive forces to deform raw metals. Techniques to achieve this include rolling, extrusion, forging, indenting, and die forming.

It’s also possible to use both tensile and compressive forming processes to shape metal parts. Spinning and deep drawing are two such methods.

  • Bending – This process, often used with sheet metals, involves deforming metal around an axis.
  • Shearing – This process utilizes shear spinning deformation to shape metals.

A wide range of tools is available to achieve these plastic deformation effects, from presses to dies.

Advantages of Metal Forming

Hot working and cold working manufacturing processes each have their own benefits and drawbacks. Hot forming tends to be best in cases that call for extensive deformations, as heated metal is easier to manipulate and the process decreases yield strength. However, cold forming usually results in stronger, smoother metal; it also doesn’t require potentially expensive heating treatment.

Why UWE?

United Western Enterprises is an industry leader in metalworking, with extensive experience in handling a variety of materials. We will consult with you to determine which specific types of manufacturing processes are needed for your application, and then we will bring our wide-ranging skills to the task of providing you with the high-quality metal parts you need.

We are an AS 9100D / ISO 9001:2015 Certified Company. Our metalworking projects are carried out at our 21,000-square-foot building located in Camarillo, CA. Please contact us if you’d like more information about our metal-working processes. Request your free quote!

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