Hydroforming For Healthcare & Medical Equipment Industry
The healthcare and medical device manufacturing industries rely on precision-formed parts. FluidForming, a revolutionary approach to hydroforming, allows for unprecedented accuracy, part quality and repeatability.
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 400 mPA (60,000 psi). With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, highly complex medical equipment, components, and devices with can be formed with ease.
Some parts that are commonly formed for the healthcare industry include medical devices, equipment, and specialty equipment
Not only is the FormBalancer the only machine on the market that can form both sheet and tubular shapes, but medical device manufacturers also enjoy the highest levels of part quality. The FormBalancer’s bladder-free technology virtually eliminates friction. As a result, medical components that are formed with FluidForming technology are incredibly smooth and free from imperfections and surface contamination free.
Compared to other draw-forming methods, which rely on die sets to stretch the material into shape, material thinning is also minimized. In fact, because there’s less variation in the thickness of the finished part, medical device manufacturers that are working with costly materials can reduce costs by using thinner materials to produce the same parts.
Furthermore, because a high degree of uniform pressure is exerted, complex geometries that were once considered impossible (or cost prohibitive) are now feasible. Parts that once required multiple forming steps using progressive and expensive dies can be consolidated into a single tool and completed in a single run.
FluidForming is reinventing hydroforming and helping the healthcare industry prepare for the future.
Product designers and engineers can bring new medical equipment and components to the market faster with our cost-effective approach to rapid prototyping. Enjoy faster prototyping, quicker production times, and higher profit margins with our leaner approach to manufacturing.