When it comes to the aerospace industry, there is no room for manufacturing error. The tight tolerances and precision measurements required doesn’t allow for “good enough,” it must be perfect. Whether you need a small, precise connector, a stamped metal clip part, spring, complex gearhead, or steel airframe component, metal stamping can allow you to create a multitude of parts small and large.
Deep-Drawn Stamping for Precise Tolerances
The deep drawing process itself is not too complicated. Through the action of a punch, a sheet metal blank is drawn into a die. As the die forms the metal around the punch, the blank is formed into a specified three-dimensional shape little by little. It’s considered a “deep draw” when the depth of the drawn part is greater than its diameter.
This type of process can produce both symmetrical and asymmetrical parts. Deep drawn metal stamping (DDS) is versatile and produces strong metal parts. The drawing process leads to a finished deep-drawn part stronger than the original raw material used to manufacture it. This is critical when manufacturing aerospace parts, for example.
Aerospace Components Manufactured with Deep-Drawn Stamping
Because deep drawing creates strong, exacting parts within tight tolerances, they are ideal for producing components that interact with other configurations. Our metal stampings are often used in the following equipment for Aerospace applications:
- Oxygen generating systems
- Military aircraft housings and enclosures
- Relays, switches and lighting systems
For more examples of Aerospace components, check out our Interactive Infographic.
One big advantage of this process is that it can be used on many different types of metals. At Hudson Technologies, we frequently work with a variety of high-grade aerospace materials, such as:
- Aluminum 6061: This grade of aluminum is lightweight, versatile, and weldable metal with high resistance to corrosion.
- Copper and copper alloys: Copper and its alloys, such as brass, feature good conductivity and high ductility.
- Cold-rolled steel: The cold forming process improves the strength and durability of steel materials.
- Hastelloy®: Hastelloy offers high resistance to oxidation and maintains its strength when exposed to high temperatures.
- HY-MU 80: This iron-molybdenum-nickel alloy is favored for its ability to shield against electromagnetic interference.
- Inconel®: This strong metal resists temperature shifts and extremes and hardens as it ages.
- Nickel and nickel alloys: Nickel, and its various alloys such as Monel® and cupro-nickel, retain their strength and form even at extreme high or cryogenic temperatures.
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel is available in many grades with a variety of beneficial features, but overarching features include good corrosion resistance and strength.
- Titanium: Titanium features a high strength-to-weight ratio and resists both corrosion and damage from temperature extremes.
When selecting a material for an aerospace application, the operating temperatures and other environmental considerations must be considered carefully. An experienced deep-drawn stamping provider can help you select the right metal for different product designs based on the application, operating conditions, and budget.
Aerospace Component Manufacturing: Deep Drawn Solutions
Check out our new ebook to learn more about the various benefits of the deep drawn metal stamping process for manufacturing the critical components for aerospace applications.
Hudson Technologies Metal Stamping Capabilities
Design engineers turn to Hudson Technologies for custom enclosures and metal diaphragms for their technology, whether they need a prototype or high-volume production. Our catalog has over 15,000 standard deep-drawn shapes and sizes available with little to no tooling charges.
Engineered products offer custom components designed to customers’ specifications. With state-of-the-art equipment and skilled, experienced staff, Hudson Technologies can deliver stamped metal parts that match your exact specifications.
To find out more about our products, contact Hudson Technologies online or call (866) 241-4448.