6 Tolerance Guidelines for Wire Forming Services

Tolerancing

Tolerancing standards for custom wire forming applications are different from those used for precision machined parts, as well as custom springs. Most methods of machining (such as turning, milling, and drilling) can hold exceptionally tight tolerances. Machining tolerances typically cannot be applied to springs. Instead, springs have well-defined tolerance criteria put forth by the Spring Manufacturers…

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Design Tips for Wire Forming

Wire Form design

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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Choosing the Right Custom Compression Spring

Compression spring styles

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

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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Do You Need a Custom Spring or a Stock Spring?

Stock Spring or custom Spring

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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6 Common Applications for Custom Wire Forms

wire form

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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Choosing the Right Material for Your Custom Spring

Custom Spring

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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