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Thin wall tubing is becoming increasingly used in various industries which require precise measurements including: medical, for applications such as catheter systems, lab equipment, and surgical instruments and diagnostic equipment; industrial manufacturing, for chemical and solvent processing; automotive, for fuel lines, bundling, color coding and wire harnessing and other engine and fuel processes. Read More…

Thin Wall Tubing Thin wall tubing is precision tubing that typically ranges from .001 in. (.0254 mm) to about .065 in. (1.65 mm).
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Apple Valley, CA  |  760-948-4220

Founded in 1959, Tube Bending Technology has its roots in the Apollo space program. With such a legacy, we take quality, performance and customer satisfaction very seriously. Our custom tubing services include tube bending and coiling, end finishing, processing, machining, welding/brazing, helium leak detection and more.

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New Berlin, WI  |  800-879-4418

Founded in 1990, Sharpe Products is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company specializing in industrial and commercial pipe and tube bending, laser cutting, end-forming or other custom fabrication services. In addition, we offer a robust line of architectural handrail fittings and accessories such as brackets, connectors, disks, end-caps, flanges, newel caps and spheres.

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Sharpe Products $$$

Hanover, PA  |  717-632-4150

Since our inception in 1970 we have been manufacturing an extensive line of tube fabrication products for our ever growing customer base worldwide. We have made it our mission to exceed our customers’ expectations with every encounter in hopes of turning first time customers into lifelong connections! To learn more about what we may be able to do for you; visit our website or get in touch via telephone or email!

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Leonhardt Manufacturing $$$

Maquoketa, IA  |  563-652-5165

Dynamic Tube has been in continuous operation in Maquoketa, IA since 1976. Centrally located in the American Midwest, we’ve been a trusted supplier of fabricated tubing parts working for leading OEMs in the Heavy Machinery industry for 40+ years. Dynamic Tube takes pride in delivering true value to our Customers. Dynamic Tube Inc. is an ISO 9001-2015 certified company. We are looking for our next great partnership, contact us today for a quote.

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Dynamic Tube, Inc $$$

Holland, OH  |  419-866-8000

Woodsage Industries has over 30 years of experiences in bar and tube fabrication. We stay innovative my acquiring the latest machines and technology so we can meet the ever changing needs of our customers and prospects. We provide services such as rotary swaging, bar stock cutting and mandrel tube bending to a wide ranger of industries including motorcycle and lawn & garden care.

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Woodsage $$$

Dayton, OH  |  800-334-7327

Production Tube Cutting, Inc. works hard to solve your manufacturing problems through value-added engineering and providing you with simpler, lower-cost solutions. Through years of experience, continuous education, the latest equipment and a small, highly-trained staff, Production Tube Cutting, Inc. is your source for superior, custom tube fabrication and your edge for tubular solutions.

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The thickness of the wall does not affect the outside diameter (OD), although it does affect the inner diameter (ID), which is calculated as OD minus two times the wall thickness. Thin wall tubing can be fabricated from metals such as stainless steel, aluminum, steel, copper and brass, as well as plastics including polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Teflon, nylon and polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Some advantages of thin wall tubing include good insulating properties, excellent abrasion and chemical resistance, high strain relief, high temperature capabilities and protection against mechanical damage. In addition, certain types of thin wall tubing are up to military (MIL) standards and may be used in corresponding applications such as military vehicle harnessing. Some thin wall tubes may also be flexible allowing for increased application usage not limited to range of movement.

Two different processes are used in thin wall tubing manufacturing: tube rolling and tube extrusion. Tube rolling involves three main steps: cutting pre-impregnated materials and rolling them around a mold or mandrel; wrapping the mandrel in a sleeve or film to eliminate retained air; and heat-curing, after which the mandrel can be removed to release the formed hollow tube. In tube rolling, to make thin-walled tubing, the pre-impregnated materials must be wrapped incredibly tightly around the mold.

Of all the tube rolling mill types, Assel mills are the best-suited for high precision in tubing wall thicknesses. However, tube extrusion is a much more common process. In order to begin extrusion, a round billet is pressed by a ram through a die, which is a hollow profile that shapes the material into the desired shape as the billet is squeezed through. This process is performed at extremely high temperatures. The material can be extruded through the die using two different methods of extrusion: indirect extrusion and direct extrusion.

In direct extrusion, the die is held stationary while the ram pushes the billet through the die opening. In indirect extrusion, the die is held stationary as the hollow ram moves into the stationary billet from one end, forcing the material to flow through the die. After the thin-wall tubing has been extruded, it is straightened by a stretcher into the desired length. There are a number of steps in tube fabricating and tube cutting and each needs to be considered carefully.

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