FluidForming for Automotive Industry

FluidForming: A New Approach to Hydroforming for the Automotive Industry

The automotive and automotive parts industries develop, refine, and manufacture a myriad of complex parts each year. These components must be durable, safe, aesthetically-pleasing, and performance-driven. Volumes form one thru tens of thousands can readily be accommodated  

FluidForming, a revolutionary approach to traditional hydroforming, allows for cost-effective rapid prototyping thru production forming of highly repeatable parts. Our cutting-edge technology and process has formed metal components for automotive industry leaders like BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz.

Whether your facility is prototyping body panels or producing performance intake manifolds, FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, has you covered. 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, high-performing automotive parts can be formed with ease.

Some parts that are commonly formed for the automotive industry include body panels, engine cradles, exhaust systems, suspension components, and more.

Benefits of FluidForming Within the Automotive Industry

FluidForming’s innovative approach to hydroforming offers a number of potential benefits for automotive manufacturers.

Parts produced using the FluidForming technology are lightweight and durable. In many cases parts once manufactured with inferior plastics can now be formed with lightweight metal alloys. FluidForming is capable of forming metal from 1.01mm to 6 mm in thickness. These lightened components can also make a positive impact on fuel economy and performance.

Generally speaking, FluidForming produces unibody parts which exhibit a greater strength than that of conventionally welded joints or components. Other potential benefits of FluidForming in the automobile industry include increased component rigidity, reduced dimensional variability, and an overall reduction in the number of parts (or joints).

Advantages of Fluid Forming

Driving Innovation and Advancement in the Auto Industry

Automotive designers and engineers appreciate the increased design flexibility that our fast prototyping capabilities enable. With FluidForming, designers are able to innovate and iterate seamlessly.

FluidForming technology is ideal for rapid prototyping and low- to medium volume production with the ability to mass produce. With our technology, automotive designers enjoy shorter time-to-market and the ability to innovate freely. Because our system enables the transition from CAD to 3D-printed tooling, we’re able to move from design to production in days rather than weeks or even months.

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