FluidForming: Metal Forming Home Goods and Housewares
A quick look around a typical American home reveals an endless array of goods and products that make our day-to-day lives easier. Air conditioners, pencil sharpeners, freezers, lamps, chairs, kitchen implements, faucets, sinks, sink trays, appliances, dishwashers, cooking tops, toaster ovens, vacuum cleaners…the list virtually endless. Many of these housewares and home goods are fabricated entirely from metal or feature components that are formed from metal alloys.
FluidForming is an alternative to hydroforming and is the perfect solution for low- to medium-volume production runs of high-quality household goods. Our innovative technology enables the production of sleek appliance lines, flawless furniture finishes, lightweight kitchen implements, and long-lasting housewares.
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 4,000 bar/60,000 psi. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, detailed shapes and complex geometries can be formed with ease.
Benefits of FluidForming for the Household Goods Industry
Our highly pressurized bladder-free hydroforming technology ensures the highest levels of surface quality and detail on the market. FluidForming is perfect for pre-finished and pre-polished materials typically used in the housewares and home goods industry because pressurized water comes in contact with just one side of the metal surface. As an added bonus, trademarks, brands, details, 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 home goods manufacturers need. Thanks to our high forming pressures, manufacturers experience no warping or springback, which virtually eliminates post forming fixturing and clamping. Our low tooling costs and our nested, modular die structure (many individual parts can be incorporated into a single form) minimize waste and maximize efficiency.
Advantages of Fluid Forming
Cost-Effective Metal Forming for the Home
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 housewares and home goods industry. The FluidForming technology offers enhanced design flexibility, vastly reduces capital costs, reduces time to market, and offers easy product branding.