Palladium Cold-Formed Parts
While most people are aware of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum, they may not be as familiar with a relatively rare material called palladium. A member of the platinum metals group that also includes platinum, rhodium, iridium, osmium and ruthenium, palladium is a silvery-white material known for its lustrous appearance that is somewhat similar to platinum. Because palladium is also less expensive than platinum, it often serves as a cost-effective substitute for platinum in various manufacturing processes, including cold forming.
Key Palladium Characteristics
Palladium is known for its ductility and malleability. It is also the least dense and has the highest melting point of any of the platinum group metals. Because palladium does not react with oxygen in the atmosphere, it is less susceptible to corroding and tarnishing. When cold formed, palladium becomes much harder and stronger than when in its natural state, which is why palladium cold-formed parts and components are frequently used in manufacturing processes in industries such as aerospace, automotive, medical and computer electronics.
What Are the Benefits of the Cold-Forming Process?
Cold forming, or cold forging, is a mass production technique that uses complex machinery, specially designed dies and high pressure to form parts into the desired shape. Unlike hot forming that requires the application of intense heat, micro cold-formed components and parts are produced at room temperature. This allows the metal to retain its hardness and tensile strength.
Other key cold-forming advantages include its inherent flexibility that provides enhanced directional control. The process is also capable of accommodating high stress and high die loads. From a cost perspective, cold forming results in less waste of materials than hot forging or traditional machining. Production speeds are also faster, which is important when a fast project turnaround time is essential. Because cold forming creates a smooth, burr-free surface, it often eliminates the time and cost involved with additional finishing steps.
STS Intelli Has the Expertise to Product Top-Quality Micro Cold-Formed Palladium Parts
STS Intelli is your headquarters for premium palladium cold-forming services that can increase the performance and longevity of your parts while also lowering your production costs. We’re experts in palladium alloy cold forming — our easily repeatable process allows us to consistently create parts of the highest quality. Your palladium cold-formed parts will be less susceptible to fracturing, corrosion and contamination, ensuring a significant long-term return on your investment.
We bring many decades of experience to the palladium cold-forming process, allowing us to provide a level of expertise that our competitors cannot match. Our premium cold-forming services also include part design, prototyping, tool design and form flow analysis and much more.
Contact STS Intelli to Learn More About the Advantages of Palladium Cold Forming
Discover the many ways in which using micro cold-formed palladium parts can improve the quality of your products, while helping to keep your production costs under control. Contact STS Intelli to learn more about our palladium cold-forming processes and services and to get a no-obligation quote today.