Tapered springs, also known as barrel springs, are a type of compression spring that are conical or tapered in shape. Due to their unique shape, they are considered more stable than similar springs like extension springs.
Tapered springs can be used in a wide variety of applications, including general industrial, aerospace, automotive, medical, and many more. We have more than 125 different tapered spring variations, available in an assortment of finishes.
CAD files for stock and standard tapered springs are available for download in our online store.
Tapered Springs Overview
Tapered springs are characterized not only by their shape, but also by the fact that they are more laterally stable and less liable to buckle than regular compression springs. There is a necessary increase in the applied force to compress a tapered spring due to the flexibility of the larger-diameter coils causing progressive contact with one another. This characteristic can be a plus for spring-supported vibrating objects by reducing the resonant (bouncing) amplitudes commonly found in constant-diameter, spring-supported systems. However, its most beneficial characteristic is that it can be designed so that each active coil fits within the next, with the solid height equal to one or two thicknesses of wire.
Custom Tapered Springs or Conical Springs
Our solutions approach is not limited to manufacturing. We also specialize in rapid prototyping and design assistance. Working with your team and preferred specifications, we will assist you in developing the best spring for your application.
Send us your specs or configure a spring.
Tapered Spring Manufacturing
MW is a leader in spring manufacturing. No matter the application, industry, tolerances, or specialty process or finish needed—we are here for you. Review some of our capabilities below. Don’t see what you need? Contact us for a custom quote today!
Our inventory is fully stocked and easily accessible ensuring fast shipping. We offer tapered springs from either standard or specialty materials that have high temperature tolerance.
- Stainless Steel
- Music Wire (Spring Steel)
- Phosphor Bronze
Our tapered springs can be manufactured with a selection of commonly requested or specialty finishes including rust-resistant finishes.
- Black Powder
- Brushed Nickel
Direction of Helix (Wind)
We can configure your torsion springs in either a left or right wind configuration to suit your specific application.
We can configure tapered springs with any of the below end configuration to suit your specific needs.
- Closed and Squared
- Closed and Ground