FluidForming Hydroforming for Military and Defense
Precision hydroforming for military and defense applications
FluidForming Americas hydroforms mission-critical parts for military and defense applications that are as precise as they are rugged and durable.
Every aspect of FluidForming Americas’ precision metal forming process — from FEA analysis to completed part — is iterative.
Our adaptable tube forming and sheet metal forming machines, FormBalancers, are designed to accommodate complex parts. Blank design, material flow, clamping pressure, and volume of water are independently variable and controlled. This ensures that FluidFormed parts are incredibly reliable and of the highest possible quality and strength.
We’re the only hydroforming company and metal forming company to achieve Six Sigma 99.99% accuracy and repeatability rates. And we’re made in the USA. Now that’s hydroforming for military and defense!
Sheet Metal Solutions for Military and Defense
Our new, innovative approach to hydroforming means that FluidForming Americas can work with military and defense clients to design specialty parts. Because FluidForming is an ideal process for rapid prototyping, we frequently work with product developers to bring new products to the field faster.
Some of the defense-related components we form include precision aerospace equipment, engine components, exhaust systems, armory elements, onboard ship shower enclosures, protective gear, satellite dishes, safety enclosures, water tanks, and more.
Benefits of FluidForming Hydroforming for Military and Defense
FluidForming hydroforming delivers significant benefits to the military and defense industries.
Improved Field Life
The FormBalancer metal forming machine is capable of extraordinarily high forming pressures. As a result, FluidForming sheet metal forming can produce parts and components that were previously unformable. FluidForming can also manufacture parts from metal that were previously made from plastics. Military equipment made with high-quality, lightweight metals and alloys last longer and perform better than their plastic counterparts.
Lightweight and Durable Military Equipment
The FluidForming technology is brought to life by our FormBalancer series of hydroforming machines. Our universal sheet metal and tube forming machines produce durable, highly complex parts and tubular shapes made from lighter metals and alloys. We manufacture lighter, easier-to-carry and easier-to-transport military-grade equipment without impacting its lifespan or field safety.
Thanks to our rapid prototyping capabilities, low tooling costs, and accelerated production schedules, overall production costs are also reduced. We further enable military innovation by smoothing the transition from CAD to 3D-printed tooling so that engineers can move from design to production in days rather than weeks or even months. This encourages military engineers to iterate and innovate, keeping troops and personnel safe and well-equipped.
High Degree of Accuracy
With a 99.996% first-pass yield success rate, FluidForming guarantees quality, accuracy, and repeatability. 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 minimizes waste and maximizes efficiency.
Defense Manufacturing and Military Hydroforming With Specialty Metals and Materials
Because the FormBalancer achieves pressures of up to 4x higher than legacy deep draw hydroforming methods, the FluidForming technology and process is perfect for titanium, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, nickel alloy, and other modern high-tech alloys used in military applications.
FluidForming Americas is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is ISO-certified. We are honored to manufacture high-quality, reliable parts for the military and defense industries.