Metal spinning is one of the most practical forms of metal shaping available. Metal spinning is a method of forming a flat metal disc on a lathe into different shapes. Metal spinning is often used by companies looking to create an affordable prototype–for a variety of reasons.
Conventional casting, tooling, or stamping can be an expensive endeavor, while spinning is very affordable. Products are inexpensive compared to other approaches to manufacturing.
Still, the cost is dependent on the materials used. At Lefeld Spinning Manufacturing, we spin a range of metals from copper and aluminum, to titanium, brass, or steel.
Because of the low cost and fast set-up time, you’re not locked into a design for the long haul. We get it, sometimes you need to switch gears during the prototyping process.
Spinning manufacturing processes that involve a mold or a die-cast can get quite expensive and take up a lot of time. Which, if you’re unsure of your final design, can end up being a real headache down the line.
With metal spinning, you’re paying for the cost of material–the metal you decide to use, plus the labor involved–so there’s no real hold up when it comes to making changes.
Turnaround times can be days usually, which is efficient when considering the low cost of tooling in-house, metal spinning is the answer for small to medium quality in under 3 days.
Hand metal spinning offers a short set up time and better control over quality. In doing the spinning by hand, craftspeople have more control over the thickness and stability of the product.
For larger orders, we’d typically recommend going with the CNC lathes. These machines allow for high-quality mass production in a short amount of time.
One of the most significant benefits of metal spinning is, this process doesn’t depend on customers meeting minimums. Whether you need a single prototype or a larger order, metal spinning is relatively affordable.
Manual or semi-automatic equipment may be used to make small batch orders or prototypes. Larger orders, by contrast, are typically made with automatic CNC metal spinning equipment. Tooling is always prepared to adapt to the material best suited to produce the required volume.
Finally, if you care about old mother Earth, it’s smart to consider metal spinning as a manufacturing option. Spinning is a low-emissions process that produces very little waste.
There are no toxic chemicals involved in the process and in some cases, you can use recycled materials as your blank.
In the end, metal spinning could be a good solution for small batch runs. The process allows for some flexibility with materials, design, and order size, making it an ideal solution for companies on a budget.
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