Have a Merry Christmas and a Precision New Year

 In FluidForming, Hydroforming, Metal Forming

Good friends of FluidForming Americas! We’re wishing you a Merry Christmas and a precision New Year! We’re also wishing you a year of precision metal forming dreams come true. And, if we may be so bold, we’d like to suggest a few resolutions for your list. 

Yes, FluidForming can enable those visions of innovation dancing in your head!

Precision Metal Forming Resolutions for 2020

Be bold and embrace new precision metal forming technologies

Precision metal forming: microchannel heat exchanger in a festive holiday display

The FluidForming technology and process represent the first major innovation in metal forming and the first new alternative to metal stamping in more than 60 years. How bold is that?

Did you know that although the FluidForming technology is new to the North American metal forming industry, it’s been in use in Germany for more than 20 years? It’s true! Companies that are known for precision — like BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Miele — have all embraced the FluidForming technology.

So be bold, but rest assured, this new technology is tried, true, and here to stay.

Close enough should never be good enough

Are your tolerances not what they should be? Are consumers complaining about the “fit and finish” of your product?

Could your microchannel heat exchangers be lighter and more effective? 

Are you settling for less from your product? 

Is your company falling behind because its product design process is hampered by the limitations of legacy metal forming methods like traditional hydroforming, metal spinning, or metal stamping? 

Is your research and development team hitting a “this can’t be formed from metal” wall? 

If any of this sounds distressingly familiar, contact FluidForming Americas. We can certainly help.

“If a company cares about quality, precision, accuracy, and making beautiful and functional products well, then they should embrace the FluidForming technology. If they don’t care about quality and repeatability, then that’s what bladder-based hydroforming is for,” notes Paul Benny, CEO of FluidForming Americas.

Expect more from metal forming: it’s okay to care about repeatability

Because high levels of accuracy and repeatability significantly reduce cost and waste. It also saves time and makes your company look really, really good. 

Unlike any other metal forming method on the market — like die stamping, traditional hydroforming, or metal spinning — FluidForming’s extraordinarily high forming pressures of up to 4,000 bar / 60,000 psi can achieve a 99.996% first-pass accuracy and repeatability rate.

“FluidForming is the only Six Sigma metal forming process available today. The implications of FluidForming on the future of the manufacturing industry are astounding. Ideas that were once deemed too costly, or impossible — like mass-producing aluminum microchannels or forming reliably precise aluminum satellite dishes — are a reality with our technology,” says FluidForming’s Chief Technology Officer, Jurgen Pannock.

Dream big product development and advanced manufacturing dreams.

Nightmares about prolonged prototyping and sunk costs are a thing of the past with FluidForming. Rapid prototyping is affordable rapid prototyping with the FluidForming technology. 

The process is compatible with 3D printed tooling and prototyping tools can be used as the production tool. Nested tooling capabilities facilitate undercuts, logos, and sharp angles while reducing production time and further minimizing tooling costs. Additionally, finite element analysis (FEA) minimizes costly trial and error in the development phase.

Lose weight and gain strength

We’re not talking about heading to the gym here. Although we could easily manufacture gym equipment. We’re talking about ditching cast iron for aluminum or stainless steel (check out this exhaust manifold), We’re talking about forming parts once made from plastic from lightweight and durable alloys. Because that’s possible with FluidForming.

Learn more about FluidForming Americas’ new approach to precision hydroforming and find out if the FluidForming technology is right for your next project. FluidForming Americas works with clients to manufacture highly precise components to desired specifications. FormBalancers are also available for lease or purchase. Contact FluidForming Americas today at (800) 497-3545 or email us at info@ffamericas.com.

FluidForming Americas, Inc. is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is AS9100 Rev C, ISO 9001:2015 certified

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