How to Design Out Wire Form Costs With Drilling
At Argo Products, we like to consider ourselves the manufacturing problem solvers. Our passion is finding new ways to save you money that you may have overlooked. One cost saving detail that can really add up is drilling vs. snap ring grooves. Let us explain…
Wire forms are often used to link components together. Unless the part is being welded to another component, the wire form must have some feature to join the two parts. These features are varied in cost, complexity and effectiveness. Some of those features are, drilled holes, flattened ends with a pierced hole, threads, snap ring grooves and other features. Many times designers choose a snap ring groove to hold the connection to another part. For instance, a spring is installed next to a
Cutting a snap ring groove is not a fast process. While it can be done in a number of ways, most snap ring grooves are machined into the rod. Machining is slow. Slow equals expensive. Also, the rod is weaker in the area that has been machined. CNC machines can also cut snap ring grooves, but there are two issues with CNC generated snap ring grooves:
Both operations are effective, and while neither operation is complex, we have found here at Argo that drilling is much more cost effective than a snap ring groove.
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