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

FormBalancer FB25 FB35 FB42 FB80
Tool Drive Force 25,000 kN
2,500 ton
35,000 kN
3,500 ton
42,000 kN
4,200 ton
80,000 kN
8,000 ton
Table Size 800 mm x 800 mm
32” x 32”
1,000 mm x 1,200 mm
39” x 47”
1,200 mm x 1,200 mm
47” x 47”
1,300 mm x 2,000 mm
51” x 79”
Forming Depth ~300 mm
~12”
~450 mm
~18”
~550 mm
~22”
~650 mm
~26”
Forming Pressure Max 4,000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 4,000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 4,000 bar
Max 60,000 psi
Max 3,000 bar
Max 45,000 psi

FluidForming FormBalancer Installation Requirements

FormBalancer FB25 FB35 FB42 FB80
Width 2.7 m / 8.9’ 3.4 m / 11.2’ 3.7 m / 12.1’ 5 m / 16.4’
Height 4 m / 13.1’ 4.2 m / 13.8’ 4.5 m / 14.8‘ 6 m / 20‘
Depth 4 m / 13.1’ 6.1 m / 20’ 6.1 m / 20’ 8.5 m / 28’
Installation Area 50 m2 / 540 ft2 55 m2 / 595 ft2 60 m2 / 650 ft2 80 m2 / 860 ft2
Electrical Power (Installed) 480V / 60Hz
90kW
480V / 60Hz
130kW
480V / 60Hz
130kW
480V / 60Hz
200kW