Wire forming is a term that incorporates many shapes, sizes and dimensions. The forms are engineered in two or three dimensions and commonly generated from coils of metal wire. In some cases, the raw material commences production in blank forms that are fed from a hopper.
A wire form may be defined as any length of wire that has had some force applied to it that changes its shape. Wire can be round, flat, hexagonal, square, oval, triangular, elliptical or D-shaped, just to name a few. Wire can be made of low-carbon steel, medium- carbon and high-carbon steel. It can also be made of stainless, aluminum, copper, brass and an assortment of other alloyed materials. Examples of wire forms include, clips, coiled parts, display stands, fittings and fixings, hooks, baskets and welded wire fabricated assemblies. Industry sectors utilizing wire formed components includes agriculture, automotive, cable management, construction, display, electronics, engineering, furniture, garden, healthcare, horticulture, industrial, insulation, leisure, medical and pre-cast concrete, and retail.
With many manufacturers, hard tooling is required to form specific wire shapes. However, we have multiple CNC wire formers that only require programming to achieve a desired shape. We generally do not require hard tooling of any kind.