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Wire Form design

Design Tips for Wire Forming

By Gifford Spring | May 10, 2022

Curious about how to optimize your wire form design?  At Gifford Spring, we’re committed to helping our customers save time and money on custom springs and wire forms. Today, we’re sharing Design for Manufacturability (DFM) tips for wire forms so you can enjoy faster quotes, shorter lead times, and lower costs.  We can summarize most…

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Surface Finish Operations

Are Surface Finishing Operations Necessary for Custom Springs and Wire Forms?

By Gifford Spring | April 12, 2022

Curious if your custom springs or wire forms need surface finishing operations such as plating or electropolishing? More often than not, they don’t. When alternatives are available, we advise customers to forgo secondary operations when possible to avoid the inherent risks involved in finishing parts.   Today, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits and…

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Designing an assembly

Designing an Assembly? Don’t Wait Too Long to Design the Spring!

By Gifford Spring | March 17, 2022

When creating an assembly that contains a spring, you may be accustomed to designing the machined parts first, allocating space in your design for a spring that you’ll add toward the end of the process.  But saving the spring design for last—or close to it—often leads to problems that can easily be avoided. If you…

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Reverse Engineering

Need to Replicate a Spring or Wire Form? Inside Our Reverse Engineering Process.

By Gifford Spring | February 9, 2022

Do you need a spring or wire form but don’t have the original print? Gifford Spring is here to assist. Our experienced team can often reverse engineer a spring or wire form with nothing more than a sample in hand. We analyze the sample and work with you to determine key specifications and recreate a…

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Compression spring styles

Choosing the Right Custom Compression Spring

By Gifford Spring | January 12, 2022

Does your part require a spring that compresses with applied force? If so, you probably need a compression spring. A standard, cylindrical compression spring might do the trick. These springs are ideal for most conventional applications requiring a constant spring rate. But suppose you need a compression spring that provides more structural support, like one…

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The Value of Working with an ISO Certified Spring Manufacturer

By Gifford Spring | December 10, 2021

When you need custom precision springs or wireforms for high-stakes industries like aerospace or defense, there’s no compromising on quality. These products serve a critical purpose in high-risk applications, so they must function exactly as intended.  Since 2016, Gifford Spring has been an ISO 9001:2015 certified manufacturer. This certification indicates that our Quality Management System…

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Stock Spring or custom Spring

Do You Need a Custom Spring or a Stock Spring?

By Gifford Spring | November 16, 2021

So you designed a part that needs a spring. Now all you have to do is figure out how to source it. Simple, right? Well, not exactly. If you don’t work with springs all the time, how do you know whether to stop by your local hardware store, order from a stock spring catalog, or…

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wire form

6 Common Applications for Custom Wire Forms

By Gifford Spring | October 14, 2021

You know us as Gifford Spring, but there’s more to us than our name may imply. In addition to making springs, we also make custom precision wire forms! Typically formed from round wire, wire forms can be manufactured to fit customers’ needs, no matter how complex. They’re found in wide range of items, from military…

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Custom Spring

Choosing the Right Material for Your Custom Spring

By Gifford Spring | August 31, 2021

Do you know the right material for your custom spring?  Technically, it’s possible to make a spring out of nearly any manufacturable material. But just because a material can be used for a spring doesn’t mean that it should be.  Not all materials can withstand the repetition and pressure that springs are subject to in…

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Overstressed springs

How to Prevent a Custom Spring from Becoming Overstressed

By Gifford Spring | August 10, 2021

Is your spring at risk of failing due to being overstressed?  By definition, springs are designed to take on a considerable amount of stress. When the spring is used in its intended application, it takes on stress anytime it’s extended or compressed. As long as the force exerted on the spring is within its elastic…

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