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4 Shapes Made through Metal Spinning

Spin forming is the process of creating shaped metal pieces, usually rounded in shape, on a lathe or with other metal spinning tools. Spun metal has surprising strength and can be made into a variety of shapes. Although many factories use molds, rollers, or presses to create metal objects, many factories still use the process of spin forming aluminum. Spun aluminum pieces have the strength of the original metal plus additional strength provided by the shaping process. Spinning aluminum is a low-tech manufacturing option that still produces superior results over more high-tech solutions, which is one of the reasons why it is still so prevalent today. Many metal spinning factories create similar pieces, some of which can include: Continue reading

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Making Spun Aluminum Pots

Spun aluminum gets its name from the process used to create shaped aluminum. Flat aluminum discs are placed onto a mandrel on a lathe or other spinning object. Some mandrels are made of wood, others of metal, and some are actually made of ice. The mandrels help shape the aluminum into the desired finished shape that the metalworker wants to produce. Many aluminum objects used around the house and in the kitchen use the spinning process to create their sturdy and rounded shapes. Continue reading

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Spin Forming Safety Tips

Spin forming aluminum is the art of transforming a thin sheet of aluminum into a shaped object, such as a candlestick, metal pot, or trash can lid. Spin forming is an ancient metal-forming process that is still used today because it is inexpensive and allows for extreme customization of aluminum pieces. However, the process of spin forming aluminum is highly dangerous. It is important to follow all safety guidelines when spinning aluminum to avoid injuries. Continue reading

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The Elegance of Spin Forming and Chandeliers

Creating an environment of old world elegance and grace can be easily achieved with an artfully crafted chandelier, which inevitably takes center stage in any residential or commercial venue that seeks to dazzle those who enter it. Lighting up rooms that vary from theatres to libraries to homes of individuals, chandeliers are a sure fire way of making a lasting impression. These light fixtures have been around for centuries, morphing with the times by replacing candles with light bulbs while retaining the grandeur and charm of soft but thorough lighting and fine craftsmanship. The way chandeliers are produced in our modern age has also evolved. No longer are the metallic elements that make up chandeliers hand carved, but they are developed by way of methods like spin forming, a process that shapes round or hollowed out objects withdimensions that are even and precise. Whether this process is applied with a manually run metal spinning machine are a CNC machining system, the result is always the same; perfection. Continue reading

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