Rubber pad forming is a method that is used to form metal into specific shapes. Though it is very similar to hydroforming, there are a few drawbacks to a rubber pad forming machine. Additionally, there are many benefits to rubber pad forming, making it a superior method to hydraulic presses in many cases.
How it Works
Rubber pad forming machines work by exerting high amounts of pressure on rubber pads. The rubber pads then transfer this pressure onto a metal blank, shaping it around a forming tool or box.
There are many benefits to the use of a rubber pad forming machine. These machines have inexpensive forming tools and boxes, which allows them to be easily used for a wide array of shapes. Additionally, unlike hydraulic presses, only one tool is required to change the forming shape.
Rubber pad forming is typically restricted to thinner materials. Hydroforming presses do not have this limitation. Rubber pad forming also results in wrinkled material more often than hydroforming.
Rubber pad forming may be the ideal method for your metal shaping needs. This will depend largely on the kind of materials and shapes you require. To determine the ideal metal shaping machine for you, contact our experts at Sanson Machinery Group today!