Cold forming is a better value than screw machining


Most machine and component designers lean toward the techniques they are familiar with and understand, either from their education or direct experience. So, when most NPD engineers look to source micro-miniature components, they naturally gravitate to machining operations, like screw machining, rather than cold forming, because they are comfortable with the capabilities of machining centers.

John Malbeouf, Sussex Wire’s director of sales, says, “In many cases, a cold formed part can be made just as well – or better – and far less expensively than by a screw machining center. But the finished part must meet the capabilities of cold forming and secondary machines for designers to take advantage of the savings.”

The requirements for manufacturing micro or miniature cold formed parts are simple and straightforward. Continues John, “If we can share these simple criteria to designers unfamiliar with cold forming’s capabilities and strengths, my job would be easy!” These criteria are:

  • Part size: Made from wire diameters 3/8" or smaller, virtually any malleable alloy
  • Geometry: Axially symmetrical, optionally with multiple diameters, heads and detents
  • Secondary: Available to produce threaded, knurled or lightly machined shapes
  • Quantity: 500,000/year minimum; the higher the quantity, the greater the savings


Some typical shapes well suited to cold forging are shown below:



“So,” concludes John, “any time you have a part that fits these criteria, send us a print and we’ll surprise and delight you with a price that you’ll love!”

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