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Tube forming processes are often difficult to separate from tube fabricating processes, since fabrication processes are essentially secondary operations that shape, bend, enlarge and cut tubes. Read More…

Tube Forming Tube forming can refer to several processes that are used to form raw metal materials into tubes.
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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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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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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 different tube forming processes are often intermixed and both can be essential to creating the desired tube. For example, tube rolling is technically a tube forming process because it produces tubular parts through heat curing materials that have been wrapped around a circular mold.

Tube swaging, on the other hand, is technically a form of tube fabricating because it is used to reduce or increase the diameter of tubes rather than change the actual tube formation. However, both of these processes can and often do fall under the heading of tube fabrication. Tube forming processes are essential to many industries, as tubes are used in a wide range of diverse applications.

Some examples include: industrial manufacturing, for parts such as heating elements, hydraulic cylinders and heat exchangers; marine and naval, for masts, telescopes and launcher tubes; architecture and construction, for steel handrails, grab bars and floor flanges; and automotive for fuel lines, exhaust pipes and other power transmission applications.

Although there are numerous tube forming processes, there are two that are considered to be the most common: tube rolling and tube extrusion. As one of the two main processes in which raw materials are used to form a tube, 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 from the formed hollow tube. The other main process is through extrusion, which is more complex.

In order to begin extrusion, a round metal billet is pressed by a ram through a die, which is a hollow profile that shapes the metal into a specific extruded shape as the billet is squeezed through. Tube forming often requires high temperatures. Hot extrusion is the process in which the metal is fully plasticized by heat; this is often performed in a vacuum in order to avoid oxidation. The metal 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 metal 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 metal to flow through the die. After the metal tubing has been extruded, it is straightened by a stretcher into the desired length of tube.

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