Engineering unique tubing for projects of all sizes
Our engineers are regularly entrusted to help create prototypes and bespoke tubing for niche jobs in cases where other tubing fabricators wouldn’t have the set-up or skills to do so.
We have a vast portfolio of exciting new products that we’ve helped to develop – many of which have been prototypes and proof of concepts that have turned into high-volume manufacturing jobs. Our team are very used to working under NDAs.
Whether the project is architectural, electrical, mechanical, structural or decorative, our specialist engineers can work with you to create the size or specification that you require. As part of that process, we will review alternative profiles, materials and finishes in order to give you the best and most cost-effective product.
Customising tubing often means customising tooling. We work closely with a team of experienced toolmakers who create and modify tooling so that we can achieve the right size and shape tubes for our clients. As well as forming tube, we bend, flare, etch, cut and weld as part of the solution-finding process.
Creative customisation – some case studies
We have been tasked with custom-making parts and prototypes for a varied list of clients spanning several industries; we are continually surprised by these novel applications for shaped metal tubing. Here are some of the projects we have been part of:
Subaru Impreza 2001
Timeless Tube fabricated a piece of flat-sided oval tube for the fuel tank of
Richard Burns’s Subaru Impreza 2001 World Rally Championship winning car. The car restorers used the stainless steel tubing to connect the lower parts of the fuel tank to ensure that the car retains a low centre of gravity.
Virtus Dynamic Seating System
We were asked to create part of a lift mechanism for a footrest used on a dynamic seating system for wheelchair users. The dimensions for this tube were absolutely critical; we had a very tight tolerance level because a component needed to fit inside the tubing (within a mm of the specified dimensions). We made the tubing from aluminium 6063 to reduce the weight of the wheelchair.
Wires Sunglasses Cases
Designer eyewear company Wires used us to manufacture limited edition sunglasses cases for their pop-up shop in Selfridges, London. We used oval aluminium 6063 tubing for the outer shell of the case, which we polished by hand. We then applied a clear anodised coating to seal the aluminium and protect the polish. We laser-etched the logo onto each case.
Emily Pugh’s moving installation for Selfridges’ Radical Luxury window scheme, 2018
Artist Emily Pugh commissioned us to make some elegant twisted square tubing that she used as swings in her installation, which was seen by thousands at the world-renowned London department store. Pugh questioned the playfulness of luxury commodities by swinging fragile porcelain vases from the metal structures. The decorative tubing, which complemented the aesthetic of the ornamental vases, was crafted from stainless steel then painted gold.
Pocket-sized, dual-channel ICP® (IEPE) digital signal conditioner
US electronics company Modal Shop uses Timeless Tube to make the tube housing for a USB pen that measures sound vibrations. The stainless steel tubing contains electrical components, so it is imperative that the dimensions are absolutely accurate. To guarantee the repeatability of this sizing, we calibrate the exact measurements and we source material from the same origin to ensure consistency.
Purelab Flex Veolia Water dispensers
Veolia entrusted us to create the outer ‘tap’ for a line of water dispensers they were bringing to market. These clever devices allow lab technicians and clinicians to measure a precise amount of water with a digital mechanism. For this job we also had to weld the stainless steel tubing to the CNC machine-cut components.
Jonathan Coles luxury lighting commission
Award-winning decorative lighting engineers, Jonathan Cole, came to us when they needed tubing for a high-profile one-off lighting commission.
We produced several pieces of polished brass tubing carefully crafted from twisted square tube, which reflected the light beautifully.
Talk to our team about our bespoke tubing solutions
Our experienced engineers welcome the opportunity to use their creativity and technical skills to find solutions – sometimes this requires us to make new tools in order for us to create custom sizes.
By chatting and really listening to our clients, we’re confident that we can provide the right tubing for your application. This includes the right material and finish, as well as the shape and size.
Our careful consultation process has even led to the evolution of new tubing profiles. Timeless Tube’s twisted oval tubing is a result of a refinement made for a client who wanted a staircase with twisted spindles, but with the elliptical characteristics of oval tube. We experimented and eventually made some new tooling that resulted in this popular profile.
We are very happy to send samples, so please speak to us if you want to see what we offer.
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