Hand Metal Spinning
The technique of metal spinning by hand involves placing a piece of metal on a lathe then shaping or forming it with a tool known as a spoon.
The metal spinner forms a flat piece of metal over a specially designed chuck to produce the desired shape. The flat piece of metal is shaped around the chuck by the spoon tool making a series of passes over it. The shape of the finished piece depends entirely on the shape of the chuck.
North East Metal Spinners use this method to shape and form the piece for both artistic and functional items. The process was used in olden days to make objects such as bowls, urns, candlesticks and goblets.
Generally speaking only softer metals can be spun by hand. The materials used include cold roll steel, stainless steel, aluminum, brass and copper.
Advantages of Hand Metal Spinning
Hand metal spinning offers several different advantages to CNC Metal Spinning. Hand metal spinning is quicker to set up, reducing the cost of small production runs and prototype parts.
Additionally, at North East Metal Spinners it is performed by skilled “craftsmen” who will be able to achieve better control of wall thickness on complex spun metal components.