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Tube Manipulation & Forming

Precision tube forming and manipulation is used to make components used in critical applications in the medical device, scientific instrumentation and other scientifically advanced industries.

Specialist tooling is developed by Attica to swage, flare, bend and cut tube to our customers’ designs. Requirements for exotic alloys and special metals in critical applications lead us to supply coiled springs, tube in coils, swaged and formed tubes and wires made to close tolerances. Tube bending and other tube manipulation processes are carried out by Attica in tube diameters between 1mm to 16mm.

Metals and alloys used include stainless steel, nickel, Hastelloy, molybdenum, tungsten, rhenium, Monel and precious metals.

Shaped tubes, including rectangular profiled tube, oval and flat-oval shaped tube and other shapes are a speciality. Thin-wall tubes can be difficult to bend or swage, but we supply tubes with wall thicknesses as low as 0.050mm and diameters up to 30mm.

Precision tubes are used as crimps, enabling wires to be joined without the presence of solder or a need to weld wires together.

Our laser cutting facility provides highly accurate stainless steel and nitinol tube components. Abrasive cutting is used to provide a sharp, clean cut to create precision tubes and rods. A spinning tungsten carbide impregnated or diamond grit impregnated wheel is used to slice through metals from tungsten to stainless steel, producing a polished finish and an accurate cut to the end of the tube or rod.

Whilst EDM wire cutting gives a more accurate cut, abrasive cutting is used where fast cutting speed through a large cross section of metal is important.