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ISO 9001: 2008 Certified

Custom Hydroforming Services

The custom hydroforming services we provide at H & H Tube are used to produce premium quality tubular products from copper, brass, steel, aluminum, and stainless steel material. Our 800 ton hydroforming press is capable of forming parts at pressures up to 60,000 psi, allowing us to process a wide range of tubing sizes and shapes.

In the hydroforming process, a tube is placed in a split mold. Once the top half of the mold is secured over the tubing, pressurized fluid enters the mold, forcing the tubing to conform to the exact shape of the mold. Because the forming process is performed using pressurized fluid, the design possibilities afforded by hydroforming are very generous and tight tolerances can be held (depending on geometry). Custom shaped cross-sections, cross-sectional transitions, and complex radius bends are a few of the design features that would typically be very difficult or impossible to reproduce using traditional forming methods, but can be efficiently produced through hydroforming.

Our presses are semi-automatic, providing optimal versatility for the manufacturing of short runs as well as high volume parts. As an ISO 9001:2008 certified industry leader in the forming and fabrication of custom tubing, we can assist customers in navigating the design considerations of the hydroforming process to determine whether hydroforming is suitable for a given application. In addition to hydroforming, we offer tube bending, machining, and vibratory finishing of custom tubular products. Lead times average approximately 6 - 8 weeks. For additional information about our custom tube hydroforming capabilities, see the table below, or contact us directly.

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Hydroforming Capabilities

General Capabilities
High Volume
Long Run
Prototypes
Short Run
Hydroforming Type
Tubular
Equipment
Hydroforming Presses
Hydraulic Presses
Materials
Aluminum
Brass
Copper
Stainless Steel
Steel
Equipment Capabilities
Semi-Automated
Tonnage
Max: 800 Tons
Pressure
60,000 psi
Additional Services Provided
Deburring
Hardness Testing
Heat Treatment
Leak Testing
Machining
Vibratory Finish
Production Volume
Low Volume
High Volume
Long Runs
Short Runs
Prototype
Specialty Production Shop
Typical Lead Times
6 - 8 Weeks

Additional Information

Industry Focus
Automotive
Aerospace
Communications
Heating
HVAC
Manufacturing
Medical
Musical
Plumbing
Industry Standards
ASTM - American Society for Testing and Materials
ISO 9001:2008 - International Organization for Standardization
CBSA - Copper & Brass Service center Association
TPA - Tube & Pipe Association
File Formats
AutoCAD, Inventor (DWG, DWZ, IPT)
BMP - Bit Mapped Graphics
BobCAD
CADL
CATIA V4
CATIA V5
CGM
DelCAM(DGK, DMT)
DXF - Drawing Interchange Format, or Drawing Exchange Format
Feature CAM
HOOPS METAFILE
HOOPS STREAM FILE
HOOPS WEB FILE
HPGL/2
IGES - Initial Graphics Exchange Specification, ANSI file format.
JPG or JEPG - Joint Photographic Experts Group
KXL
OBJ
PARASOLID
PDF - Portable Document Format
Pro-E or Pro/Engineer (DRW, PRT, XPR)
SAT - 3D ACIS Model File
SolidWorks (SLDPRT, SLDDRW, SLDDRT)
STEP - Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data
STL
SurfCAM
V3D
VRML
WINDOWS METAFILE

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