Silver Cold-Formed Parts
While silver is a precious metal renowned for its unmistakable aesthetic appeal, it also offers significant value from a manufacturing perspective. Silver is classified as a noble metal, which means it offers excellent resistance to destructive forces such as oxidation and corrosion. It can also withstand the potentially harmful effects from contact with chemicals or acids. Although silver is a precious metal, it is normally less expensive than other precious metals such as gold and platinum, which makes it a more acceptable alternative for many manufacturing processes.
Silver Is a Popular Choice for Producing Cold-Forged Parts
Silver is frequently used in cold forming — also known as cold forging — a mass production process that forms a part into a specific shape through the precise application of compressive forces. Despite the name, cold forming typically takes place at room temperature, although certain materials may require slight heating to increase their malleability and reduce their susceptibility to cracking.
Silver’s superior resistance and relatively low cost, as well as its remarkable versatility and durability, make it extremely well-suited to the cold-forming process. Because of their ability to withstand the elements, silver cold-forged parts are commonly found in aerospace and automotive products. Another valuable property of silver is its ability to conduct heat and electricity, which make silver cold forming a popular technique in various computer and electronics manufacturing applications.
General Cold-Forming Benefits
Producing silver cold-formed parts offers several advantages over other techniques such as hot forging and traditional machining. From a cost standpoint, cold forming wastes less material, which alone can reduce production costs by as much as 60 percent. Tooling costs are also much lower, especially in comparison to machining. And since cold forming takes place at room temperature with little or no additional heat source required, the process consumes much less energy.
Cold forming also produces parts of superior quality. It allows for greater control over dimensions, resulting in a higher level of consistency. The cold-forming process is easily repeatable, which increases the likelihood of achieving consistent results with each batch. Silver cold-forged parts are smooth and free of burrs and other surface defects, which often eliminates the need for additional finishing steps.
STS Intelli Offers Advanced Silver Cold-Forming Capabilities
At STS Intelli, we’ve built a solid reputation on our ability to cold form precious metal components of the highest quality. Our many decades of experience enable us to develop a customized cold-forming process that can efficiently mass produce your unique parts at a much lower cost. We specialize in producing micro cold-formed silver parts for industries such as aerospace, automotive, computer electronics and medical.
Contact STS Intelli to Learn More About Our Premium Silver Cold-Forming Services
Learn more about the many ways cold forming can increase the quality of your parts while lowering your operating costs and improving your bottom line. Contact us for additional information about our silver cold-forming services and a no-obligation quote today.