Six Sigma precision metal forming process for rapid prototyping & medium-volume production.
FluidForming Americas is a quality-driven sheet metal forming company that offers manufacturers a cost-effective way to quickly — and with unbeatable levels of accuracy and repeatability — produce complex shapes. We’re committed to working closely with our customers at every stage of a project’s life cycle.
If you’ve been searching for a sheet metal forming company that cares about your product and your reputation in the industry — and a metal forming process capable of helping you achieve new levels of quality and durability — then your search is finally over. We’ll make sure your project stays on schedule and on budget.
The FluidForming sheet metal forming process accommodates integrated logos, undercuts, organic forms, deep drawn parts, and even components with curves that would be likely to wrinkle or tear with traditional metal forming methods.
FluidForming sheet metal forming is designed for low- to medium-volume parts production. It’s also the trusted rapid prototyping process for product designers and product developers.
Like die stamping, or “pressing,” FluidForming hydroforming is a cold forming process. That’s where the similarities end. Stamped sheet metal is one of the oldest methods for metal forming. FluidForming is the newest.
During the metal stamping process, a sheet of metal is placed into a press where a two-part tool and die then force the metal into a desired shape.
Often, the metal must go through several progressive stampings, each using unique tooling. The process is not only time consuming and costly, but it also damages the surface of the material and weakens the sheet metal. Operating expenses, equipment maintenance, tooling and die, and post production fixturing costs are all high.
Forming and clamping pressures are independently variable throughout the entire process. As a result, the FluidForming process enables single die deep drawing. Because one cavity can be used for multiple forming stages, progressive dies are unnecessary. Which improves accuracy while also dramatically lowering tooling costs.
Once clamping pressure has been established, water is introduced into the FormBalancer (our precision sheet metal forming machine) with pressures of up to 4,000 bar (60,000 psi) — that’s more than 4x the maximum pressures typically used in legacy hydroforming!
Depending on the geometry of the component, the sheet metal can be locked in place or allowed to flow freely into the die cavity. The metal is then stretched evenly — and virtually without friction — into the cavity.
Because there are no cumbersome bladders used to contain forming forces, FluidForming’s FormBalancers produce incredibly complex shapes with details that were previously considered impossible to metal form.
- Carbon Steel
- Stainless Steel
- Aluminum Alloys
- Nickel-based Superalloys
- Magnesium Alloys
- Clad Metals
- Pre-finished Metal