FluidForming: A New Approach to Hydroforming for the Transportation Industry
Each year, the mass transit and commercial transportation industries develop, refine, and manufacture many millions of parts and components each year. To meet demanding transportation industry safety regulations, these components must be durable, reliable, highly functional, and performance-driven.
FluidForming, a revolutionary approach to traditional hydroforming, allows for rapid prototyping and the forming of highly dependable parts. Our cutting-edge process has formed metal components for transportation industry leaders like BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes-Benz.
Whether your facility is prototyping body panels or producing protective enclosures, FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer family of machines has you covered. The FormBalancer is a force-contained structure that permits extremely high forming pressures of up to 400 mPA/60,000 psi. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, high-performing automotive parts can be formed with ease.
Some parts that are commonly formed for the transportation industry include protective enclosures for commuter trains, ticket dispensers, body panels, seats, engine cradles, exhaust systems, suspension components, and water cooled battery enclosures for hybrid buses.
Benefits of FluidForming Within the Transportation Industry
FluidForming’s innovative approach to hydroforming offers a number of potential benefits for the transportation and mass transit industries.
Parts produced using the FluidForming technology are lightweight and durable. In many cases parts once manufactured with inferior plastics can now be formed with lightweight metal alloys. FluidForming is capable of forming metal from 1.01mm to 5 mm in thickness. These lightened components can also make a positive impact on fuel economy and performance.
Advantages of FluidForming
Driving Innovation and Advancement in the Transportation Industry
Transportation designers and engineers appreciate the increased design flexibility that our fast prototyping capabilities enable. With FluidForming, designers are able to innovate and iterate seamlessly.
FluidForming technology is ideal for rapid prototyping and low- to medium volume production with the ability to mass produce. Our transportation industry partners enjoy shorter time-to-market rations and the ability to innovate freely. Because our system enables the transition from CAD to 3D-printed tooling, we’re able to move from design to production in days rather than weeks or even months.
With a 99.996 first pass yield success rate, FluidForming offers the quality, accuracy, and repeatability that the transportation industry mandates. 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 (many individual parts can be incorporated into a single form) minimize waste and maximize efficiency.