Design Tips for Wire Forming
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…Read More
Are Surface Finishing Operations Necessary for Custom Springs and Wire Forms?
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…Read More
Designing an Assembly? Don’t Wait Too Long to Design the Spring!
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…Read More
Need to Replicate a Spring or Wire Form? Inside Our Reverse Engineering Process.
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…Read More
Choosing the Right Custom Compression Spring
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…Read More
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…Read More
Do You Need a Custom Spring or a Stock 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…Read More
6 Common Applications for Custom Wire Forms
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…Read More
Choosing the Right Material for Your 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…Read More
How to Prevent a Custom Spring from Becoming Overstressed
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…Read More