Gold Cold-Formed Parts
Gold is the premier choice when producing precious metal cold-formed parts. Although gold is typically the most expensive of all the precious metals — with the possible exception of platinum — the upfront costs are offset by the long-term value provided by gold cold-forged parts. Consequently, gold cold forging offers an excellent return on the initial investment.
Key Characteristics of Gold
Gold has several characteristics that make it well-suited for the cold-forming process. Perhaps the most beneficial trait is its malleability. Gold can be hammered or pressured into various shapes without breaking or fracturing. This makes gold easier to cold form than other precious metals. Gold is also able to withstand the elements, which means that gold-forged parts offer excellent resistance against corrosion. Because of gold’s high economic value, any scrap produced during the cold-forming process can bring an excellent return when sold.
Advantages of Gold Cold Forming vs. Other Processes
An important advantage of cold forging when compared to other manufacturing processes such as hot forging is the high material yield, which is nearly 100 percent in many cases. This makes cold forging much less wasteful than hot forging. Manufacturers that rely on cold forging can reduce their production costs by as much as 60 percent. Production speeds are also much higher with cold forging in comparison to machining, which is a valuable benefit for projects requiring fast turnaround times, as well as for high-volume operations. In general, precious metal cold-forged parts are less susceptible to contaminants and environmental stress than hot forged parts.
Cold forging tends to produce a smoother surface than is achievable with other techniques. The lack of the need for additional finishing steps helps to reduce the time and costs associated with producing precious metal cold-formed parts. Most cold-forging processes are easily repeatable, which prevents having to “reinvent the wheel” when it’s time to produce the next batch of parts. Finally, since cold forming typically takes place at room temperature, it consumes less energy than hot forging.
STS Intelli Offers Cost-Effective Gold Cold-Forming Services
Precious metal cold forming is a highly “engineering intensive” process that requires specialized expertise. That’s why it is important to choose a company with a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes for its clients. STS Intelli has extensive experience in producing high-quality precious metal cold-forged parts for companies in industries such as medical, computer electronics, automotive and aerospace. We have developed and implemented a number of specific techniques that are applicable to gold cold-forged parts. We specialize in micro cold-forming processes including forward extrusion, backward extrusion, combined extrusion and upsetting. We also have the expertise to help you select the ideal cold-forming method for your unique applications.
Contact STS Intelli to Learn More About Gold Cold Forming
Learn more about the many ways in which creating gold cold-formed parts can improve the outcome and lower the overall cost of your manufacturing operation. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of gold cold forming today.