Metal spinning offers many advantages over other types of metal forming—one of them being the ability to work with varying materials, including exotic metals and alloys. Results are seamless, uniform, and strong—strong enough to withstand whatever the application demands.
Titanium is one such metal that can be used in metal spinning to produce parts for extremely demanding applications, such as those within the aerospace industry.
Titanium offers many of the same characteristics of aluminum, including a good strength-to-weight ratio, low density, and high corrosion resistance. Many titanium alloys are used in metal forming processes, typically aluminum and vanadium; it is more common to use these titanium alloys than to use pure titanium.
Much like aluminum, titanium alloys are lightweight and corrosion resistant, as well as low in density; however, they offer superior strength to aluminum. The tensile strength of titanium alloys can also be better than that of steel materials, though it is more expensive than steel—making it useful when all of its characteristics are needed. Titanium alloys are often used for aerospace parts, due to their high durability and lighter weight.
Metal Spinning and Titanium
Titanium alloys can be used to produce high quality parts through metal spinning, offering the distinct advantages of their material characteristics and of the process itself.
Metal spinning titanium differs from spinning other metals, as higher temperatures are required to properly work the material. Titanium has limited elongation, but increasing the temperature will also increase its elongation. Due to these challenges, it is necessary to enlist a metal spinner who is experienced in working with this unique material.
Helander has extensive experience working with titanium and other exotic metals, and can produce strong, consistent, quality parts and products for a range of applications.