Principles of FluidForming
Like conventional hydroforming or sheet metal stamping, FluidForming is a way of deforming ductile and malleable metal sheets or tubes into lightweight and durable parts or components. Instead of hydraulic oil, we use highly pressurized water as the forming liquid.
Simple Physics. Profound Implications.
However, unlike legacy metal forming methods, FluidForming enables innovation by dramatically lowering your tooling and production costs, reducing production times, and by eliminating the need for environmentally harmful and costly hydraulic fluid.
Benefits Of FluidForming
How Does FluidForming Work?
Our bladder-free technology offers unprecedented design flexibility. After clamping pressure has been established, water is introduced into our patented, force-contained FluidForming FormBalancer machine with pressures of up to 4,000 bar/60,000 psi. By comparison, forming pressures for standard hydroforming reach maximum levels at 100 mPA/15,000 psi. Our higher pressures enable material to flow into the die, providing an even distribution of material in critical areas. During the final forming stage the sheet metal rests, fully-formed, against the die surface without potentially damaging friction.
Because every facet of the forming process, from blank design to material flow to clamping pressure and volume of water, is variable and controlled, FluidForming achieves finer results.