How FluidForming is Different
FluidForming is Hydroforming Reinvented
How is FluidForming different? FluidForming is a modern, bladder-free reinvention of traditional hydroforming. FluidForming achieves a greater degree of detail, strength, and repeatability than any existing legacy hydroforming or metal forming method by utilizing water pressures up to 4,000 bar / 60,000 psi.
Traditional, bladder-based sheet metal hydroforming, which most metal forming companies still rely on, is a process based on a mid-20th century patent for a process originally called hydramolding. Although minor improvements to hydroforming were introduced over the years, the FluidForming process and technology mark the most significant advancement in the metal forming and manufacturing in more than half a century.
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Better Physics, Better Hydroforming
Thanks to the incredibly high forming pressures exerted by the FluidForming process — up to 4x higher than legacy hydroforming methods —- springback and warping are minimal and a 99.996% first pass yield rate is consistently achieved.
Finally, because water comes into contact with just one side of the metal surface, it’s the perfect metal forming process for high-tech alloys as well as pre-painted and pre-finished metal.
How FluidForming is Different
What is Metalforming and How FluidForming is Different
Metalforming is the general term for a variety of different manufacturing processes that deform metal into a desired shape or geometry. In order for metal to be formed (or deformed) into a particular shape, an external force must be applied to the material that exceeds the original strength of the metal sheet or tube that is being formed.
Sheet metal forming and tube forming are both critically important to the manufacturing industry.
How FluidForming is Different from Die Stamping and Pressing
Die stamping, also referred to as “pressing,” is one of the oldest forms of metal stamping. During this process, a flat piece of sheet metal is placed into a press where a tool and die surface pushes the metal into a desired shape.
In some instances, the metal must go through several different stages of pressing which may damage the surface of the material and weaken the metal. Operating costs, equipment costs, tooling and die costs, and post production fixturing costs can be prohibitive.
How FluidForming is different: Since water is the force to form, tooling marks are nonexistent. High forming pressures ensure unbeatable accuracy and repeatability.
How FluidForming is Different From Forging
Forging is the oldest known metal working process and is often classified according to the temperature (cold, warm, or hot working) at which the metal is formed. Forging produces strong pieces, however, capital expenditures, poor repeatability and accuracy, and its impact on the environment are significant.
How FluidForming is different: FluidForming is a quiet, energy-efficient, and environmentally-friendly metal forming process. Operational and maintenance costs are very low.
How FluidForming is Different from Conventional Hydroforming
Hydroforming is a cost-effective way of shaping conventional ductile metals and alloys such as aluminum, brass, steel, and stainless steel into lightweight, structurally stiff, and strong pieces. The automotive, aerospace, medical, and appliance industries frequently turn to hydroforming to create strong, complex shapes.
How FluidForming is different: FluidForming’s bladder-free technology eliminates costly bladders, messy ruptures, and the need for expensive hydraulic fluids. Because there’s no bladder to interfere with part formation, FluidForming can accommodate organic shapes, complex geometries, and works well with pre-painted and pre-patterned surfaces.