In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the primary errors during the spring manufacturing process that should be avoided at all costs. Whether we’re talking DIY individuals hoping to manufacture their own springs or even certain professional spring manufacturers, avoiding these major risks plays a big role in the long-term quality of the spring that’s created.
At Custom Spring Manufacturing, we offer a wide variety of high-quality custom spring options, from compression and conical springs to flowline springs, torsion springs and many others. Today’s blog will go over possible errors made when it comes to material choice, plus the proper materials to prioritize and why it’s important to work with experienced spring professionals throughout this process.
There are few elements of the spring design process that are more important than choosing the proper material for the spring required. There are numerous spring material options out there, as we’ll detail momentarily, and making the wrong choice can have dire consequences.
There are several specific factors that spring engineers consider when deciding on the right material for fabrication. These include the temperature resistance required, corrosion resistance, how well the material handles stress, and even the magnetism or conductivity of the material in question. The right material will provide springs that function optimally in their designed environment.
Common Materials Chosen
Here are some of the most popular materials used for springs today, plus a few of their qualities and the project types they’re often best for:
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a popular choice for springs in many fields, one of which is the medical industry. This is because stainless steel is highly resistant to unusual temperatures found in this world, plus has great corrosion resistance and is not too expensive.
- Alloy steel wire: This is a spring material that functions well in reasonably high temperatures, but is best in high-stress conditions. It’s often used in construction or other areas where loading or shock are common.
- Inconel wire: For areas with high corrosion risks, Inconel wire has great corrosion resistance and is often used. The aerospace industry is a great example of where this material is often seen.
- High carbon wire: Carbon wire does not have great corrosion resistance, but is very affordable.
Working With Spring Professionals
Finally, perhaps the biggest spring manufacturing mistake one can make is not working with proper professionals to create the springs you require. While we appreciate handy folks who try to handle DIY jobs where possible, spring manufacturing requires specific expertise and training that most simply don’t have. Leave these areas to our dedicated professionals, who will not rest until you have the perfect springs for your desired application.
For more on common errors to avoid in the spring manufacturing process, or to learn about any of our spring manufacturing services, speak to the staff at Custom Spring Manufacturing today.