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  1. How Custom Metal Stamping Benefits the Medical Field

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    Good medical devices must satisfy three categories: they achieve tight tolerances, healthcare professionals can easily use them, and they help the patient heal. High-quality equipment and tooling ensure high-quality end parts for medical applications ranging from device pumps and motors to pacemakers, defibrillators, and surgical equipment.

    Hudson Technologies provides industry-leading custom metal stamping for a wide range of medical applications. Founded in 1940, we perform precision metal stamping using state-of-the-art equipment, creating high-tolerance parts in large production volumes.

    Applications in the Medical Industry

    Hudson creates a number of products for the medical industry. A couple of our most notable offerings include:

    Device Enclosures

    All permanently implanted medical devices, including pacemakers, cochlear devices, internal defibrillators, and drug pumps, are manufactured from titanium. Titanium is the only metal that the human body will not reject. Hudson has a long history of deep-drawing titanium into intricate shapes and has been manufacturing implantable titanium medical components since the early 1970s.

    Implantable Components

    Implantable components include the outer shield of the device, battery cases, and other components. By designing and building custom tooling, Hudson uses their metal stamping to affordably and quickly manufacture components for a variety of purposes. 

    Benefits of Metal Stamping Over Other Metal Fabrication Processes

    Metal stamping comes with a host of benefits that set it above other metal fabrication processes. Manufacturers can easily automate the metal stamping process, making it a great method for mass producing parts. These mass production capabilities also make it more cost effective for large-volume orders—after paying the initial setup costs, each individual product over a certain volume does not contribute that much to your overhead. Furthermore, it’s much easier to repeat processes and duplicate components with stamping than with other fabrication techniques.

    The Hudson Difference

    We design all our tooling in-house to optimize the production process. Our highly trained staff operates over 130 forming presses around the clock, working with mechanical and hydraulic presses ranging from 1 to 500 tons. We also use a servo press with a CNC lower cushion for special orders.

    We draw our designs with reliability and manufacturability in mind, aiming to achieve the most affordable solutions through collaborative relationships with our customers. We also offer extensive modification capabilities, which allows for greater component customization. We perform in-house heat treatment as well as hydrogen and vacuum annealing to minimize lead times and optimize quality control.

    To find out how our custom precision stamping services will benefit your next project, contact us today.

  2. 3 Ways to Cut Costs From Your Stamped Metal Product Design

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    The team at Hudson Technologies is proud to offer a full range of metal fabrication services, including deep draw and shallow draw metal stamping.

    3 Ways to Cut Costs From Your Stamped Metal Product DesignClose collaboration is one of our core values, and not just within our team: We work with every client to ensure that their manufacturing project is optimized for quality, performance, and pricing. We carefully evaluate your needs and tailor product design to ensure reduced manufacturing costs and streamlined production, without ever compromising on finished quality.

    Wondering how we keep down costs, and how you can ensure you always get the best price for your stamped metal product designs? Check out our three cost-saving tips below.


    1. Consider Different Materials.

    Material choice plays a huge role in the overall cost of your design. Depending on the required part size and specific project requirements, material costs can be easily managed with regard to both material type and thickness in order to maximize performance.

    For example, a thin-walled aluminum part may perform just as well as a thicker-walled part made of a heavier metal, depending on the application. If that heavier metal is stainless steel, the aluminum part could come in at ⅓ the material component cost!

    Carefully evaluate your applications’ temperature, environmental, strength, and chemical corrosion requirements. This will help in determining the necessary material performance while ensuring you get the best value. And don’t forget to consider specific manufacturing needs — some metals are more difficult to deep draw than others, which can drive up processing costs.


    2. Keep Part Shape in Mind.

    A part’s shape can play a major role in its tooling and forming requirements. For example, when considering a deep drawn metal enclosure, keep in mind that a round deep drawn case is easier to manufacture than a case with corners. Also, consider:

    • Inside bottom bend radius
    • Ratio of diameter to draw depth (for round cases)
    • Inside corner bend radius (for square and rectangular shapes)
    • Ratio of width to length to overall case height

    It’s even possible to reconfigure the depth of a part’s draw; some designs can be adapted from an extreme deep draw to a lesser draw by crafting two shallower halves that are then welded together.


    3. Take a Look at Different Manufacturing Options.

    How many parts will you require? The scale of your project will dictate the best-value process. For example, a low-volume (<50,000 pieces per year) job would be best suited to line tooling or processing through a series of tooling setups and presses. While the part itself may end up costing more, the low investment in tooling will allow for significant savings.

    High-volume runs of over 50,000 pieces, on the other, make more sense with progressive or transfer tooling styles. While these processes involve significant initial tooling costs, the production itself is highly automated, allowing for a much lower price per part.


    Working With Hudson Technologies

    For over 75 years, Hudson Technologies has been an industry-leading metal diaphragm designer and manufacturer, and we’re proud to assist clients throughout every step of the metal stamping process, including critical cost analysis and budgeting.

    To learn more about our stamped metal product capabilities, check out our Turnkey Solutions eBook.

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