FluidForming: The Latest in Metal Forming for the Appliance Industry
As sleek stainless steel appliance dominate the premium household appliance landscape, manufacturers are increasingly turning to hydroforming over conventional forming dies. FluidForming is a modern reinvention of hydroforming and is perfect for rapid prototyping and low- to medium volume production with the ability to mass produce.
FluidForming facilitates the sleek appliance lines, flawless finishes, and the custom, high-end look that appliance manufacturers like Miele are known for.
FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, is a force-contained structure that permits extremely high forming pressures of up to 400 mPA/60,000 psi. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, detailed appliance shapes and complex geometries can be formed with ease.
Some parts that are commonly formed for the appliance industry include dishwasher, refrigerator, and oven handles. Curved or branded panels can also be formed using the FluidForming technology.
Benefits of FluidForming for the Appliance Industry
The appliance industry has seen the benefits that legacy hydroforming methods have to offer in terms of cost reduction and aesthetics. FluidForming brings even more to the table.
Unlike bladder-based systems, our bladder free technology ensures the highest levels of surface quality and detail on the market. Because pressurized water comes in contact with just one side of the metal surface, FluidForming is perfect for pre-finished materials typically used in the appliance industry. Furthermore, trademarks, brands, and logos can all be easily incorporated into the design of each part.
With a 99.996 first pass yield success rate, FluidForming offers the quality, accuracy, and repeatability that appliance manufacturers can count on. Our high forming pressures mean you’ll experience no warping or springback, which virtually eliminates post forming fixturing and clamping.
Advantages of Fluid Forming
Cost-Effective Appliance Hydroforming
FluidForming was developed to fill the market gap for a higher quality, more accurate, faster, intrinsically repeatable, and affordable metal forming process. Our process is perfect for prototyping and mid-range production runs that are typically seen within the household appliance industry. We created a system that offers enhanced design flexibility, vastly reduces capital costs, reduces time to market, and offers easy product branding.