The Lost Art of Metal Spinning

I remember back in metal shop seeing a metal spinning station and was fascinated.  This is a process that takes a metal disk and by spinning it and applying pressure with a tool forming it over a pattern.  While there are dedicated machines for this, it can also be done with a lathe.  I suspect this method of manufacturing has diminished due to advances in press technology.

Basically any shape that can be first turned on a wood lathe can then have a metal version of it spun.  Think things like cups, bowls or nose cones.  It also works particularly well on parabolic shapes like reflectors.  A quick Google search showed several metal fabrication shops in my area that advertised metal spinning, so maybe it isn’t a lost art after all.  If you have a wood lathe maybe you should give metal spinning a try.


Author: Jerry Ward

Working on creating a 10 acre urban homestead in S.E. Michigan. To pay the bills I work as a product manager/business analyst in the IT field. Now the admin of Save Our Skills