Metal Spinning: Aluminum Spinning

Metal spinning is an ancient metalworking technique that dates back thousands of years to the ancient Egyptian era and has gradually evolved over time into a high-speed manufacturing process with vast capabilities. Popularly known as spin forming, metal spinning is a unique method that facilitates the production of complex shapes from aluminum, high-strength and high-temperature alloys, steel, stainless steel, and other metals.

Aluminum is one of the most common selections for metal spinning. Compared to other metalworking processes and materials, spin forming aluminum is less costly. Design changes are relatively easy and cost-effective to make, so spun aluminum is a common choice for prototyping.

Popular examples of spun metal include commercial lighting, HVAC and Roofing components. Additional products created from the metal spinning process range from mass-produced small hardware, such as automotive components, to more complex products for the aerospace industry. Learn more about the benefits of aluminum metal spinning, the common grades used, and examples of custom aluminum parts made through metal spinning.

Benefits of Aluminum Metal Spinning

Aluminum is one of the most common materials used for metal spinning. Here are the main reasons why:

  • Chemical resistance
  • High thermal stability
  • Corrosion resistance
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • High malleability
  • High ductility
  • Abundant, ideal for mass production
  • Fast to process
  • Cost-effective
  • Produces little material waste
  • Lightweight alternative to steel

Grades of Aluminum Used for Metal Spinning

Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping specializes in spinning aluminum of different sizes and alloys. Our aluminum products can be polished to the best standards to fulfill the needs of commercial industries.

These alloys are the most preferred for aluminum spinning:

  • Aluminum 1100: This commercially pure-grade aluminum alloy is made of 99% aluminum. This soft alloy has a lower strength.
  • Aluminum 3003: This non-heat treatable alloy is made up of manganese, iron, copper, and small amounts of other elements. It is preferred for its moderate strength and excellent corrosion resistance.

Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping can spin aluminum with various thicknesses, ranging from 0.040 to 0.135 inch.

Custom Spun Aluminum Parts

Metal spinning creates round, axially symmetric shapes like cones, tubes, hemispheres, parabolas, and cylinders, which are applicable in many contexts. Some examples of aluminum spun parts include:

  • Funnels
  • Drums
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Roofing
  • Decorative components
  • Electronic device parts
  • Furniture
  • Appliances

Spun Aluminum From Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping

Metal spinning is an important process for creating diverse products such as roofing, satellite dishes, commercial lighting, and more. Metal Craft Spinning & Stamping has been an industry leader in metal forming and fabricating services since 1964. As a fourth generation family-owned business, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality metal spun and stamped parts as well as excellent customer service. Our cutting-edge CNC machines, hydraulic presses, and automation capabilities ensure our customers receive their parts on time and as expected.

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