Hydroforming Advancement: Meet the FormBalancer

The FluidForming universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, is compact, computer controlled, semi-automated, and network-connected. Because of its lightweight and efficient design, special foundational requirements are not necessary.

The patented, force-contained structure permits extremely high forming pressures of up to 4,000 bar/60,000 psi. That’s up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices! Uniform absorption of closing forces ensures optimal output. The modular design and multiple machine sizes allow for flexible floor placement.

Depending on tooling, the FormBalancer can produce up to 10 parts per minute. With its low operating costs, nominal maintenance costs, and fast ideation-to-production turnaround times, FluidForming’s FormBalancer is the ideal solution for low-to-moderate run production and rapid prototyping.

Process forces and forming speed are infinitely adjustable as part of the forming process. Nested tools allow for cost-effective small part families.

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Low Total Cost of Ownership

Benefit from low ownership and production costs thanks to dramatically reduced tooling costs, the elimination of sheet metal fixturing, and minimal tooling and equipment wear. Because the FormBalancer is a bladder-free, closed hydraulic system that uses recycled tap water instead of costly hydraulic oil, maintenance costs are much lower than traditional hydroforming or die stamping.

FluidForming FormBalancer Specifications

FormBalancerFB25FB35FB42FB80
Tool Drive Force25,000 kN
2,500 ton
35,000 kN
3,500 ton
42,000 kN
4200 ton
80,000 kN
8000 ton
Table Size800 mm x 800 mm
32” x 32”
1000 mm x 1200 mm
39” x 47”
1200 mm x 1200 mm
47” x 47”
1200 mm x 1800 mm
47” x 71”
Forming Depth~300 mm
~12”
~450 mm
~18”
~550 mm
~22”
~3650 mm
~26”
Forming PressureMax 4000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 4000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 4000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 3000 bar
Max 45,000 psi

FluidForming FormBalancer Installation Requirements

FormBalancerFB25FB35FB42FB80
Width2.7 m / 8.9’3.4 m / 11.2’3.7 m / 12.1’5 m / 16.4’
Height4 m / 13.1’4.2 m / 13.8’4.5 m / 14.8‘6 m / 20‘
Depth4 m / 13.1’6.1 m / 20’6.1 m / 20’5.5 m / 28’
Installation Area50 m2 / 540 ft255 m2 / 595 ft260 m2 / 650 ft280 m2 / 860 ft2
Electrical Power (Installed)480V / 60Hz
90kW
480V / 60Hz
130kW
480V / 60Hz
130kW
480V / 60Hz
200kW