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Mar 7, 2024

Sustainably Hydroforming Satellite Dishes: Reaching For the Stars

FluidForming Americas helps the aerospace, maritime, and communications industries reach for the stars with sustainable sheet metal hydroforming of satellite dishes. Be sure to check out our satellite dish case study.

Highly precise and flawless satellite dishes play a crucial role in connecting the world and enabling global communication. However, as our dependence on instantaneous communication and as satellite technology grows, so does the environmental impact of manufacturing these critical communication tools.

Recognizing the need for sustainable metal forming solutions, the satellite dish industry is undergoing a green revolution, focusing on eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient processes, and responsible production methods – Like FluidForming sheet metal hydroforming.

Six Sigma Accuracy Leads to Minimal Waste and Lower Post-production Costs

As an added bonus, FluidForming is 99.996% accurate and repeatable. This minimizes waste and virtually eliminates post-production fixturing. We use finite element analysis to help our customers perfect and optimize their designs before forming begins. This helps keep costs down and ensure the best part production possible.

Finite element analysis of satellite dish

The sustainable manufacturing of satellite dishes is a critical step towards reducing the environmental impact of our rapidly evolving technological landscape. By embracing eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient processes, responsible production methods, and collaborative initiatives, FluidForming Americas can help the satellite dish industry contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.

Environmentally-friendly Materials

Sustainable manufacturing emphasizes the use of environmentally-friendly or recyclable materials to reduce the carbon footprint. Companies are exploring alternatives such as recycled aluminum in the production of satellite dishes. This enables manufacturers to contribute to the circular economy and minimize the environmental impact of their products.

Energy-efficient Sheet Metal Hydroforming Processes

The manufacturing process itself is a significant contributor to the environmental footprint of satellite dishes. Sustainable manufacturing practices – such as FluidForming hydroforming – prioritize energy efficiency by implementing innovative technologies, equipment, and processes.

This includes the use of recyclable forming fluids (WATER), energy-efficient machinery (FormBalancer), and optimized production methods. By reducing energy consumption, manufacturers not only cut costs but also minimize their overall environmental impact.

Responsible Production Methods – LEAN Manufacturing

Sustainable manufacturing involves a commitment to responsible production methods throughout the entire supply chain. This includes ensuring fair labor practices, reducing waste, and implementing recycling programs. Manufacturers are increasingly focusing on creating a closed-loop system where materials are recycled and reused, thereby reducing the demand for new resources and minimizing waste sent to landfills.

The engineering team at FluidForming Americas is ready to help companies sustainably manufacture highly precise and repeatable satellite dishes. To learn more about FluidForming sheet metal hydroforming or how our collaborative approach to metal fabrication works, contact us at (800) 497-3545 or email us at

Get on our production schedule today! FluidForming Americas, Inc. is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is AS9100 Rev D, ISO 9001:2015 certified. ITAR registered.