What is Hydroforming?
Hydroforming is a cost-effective way of shaping conventional ductile metals and alloys such as aluminum, brass, steel, stainless steel, and titanium into lightweight, structurally stiff, and durable pieces. Because hydroforming is capable of producing precision components with tight tolerances, the automotive, aerospace, medical, and appliance industries frequently turn to hydroforming to create innovative and complex shapes.
Traditional, bladder-based sheet metal hydroforming is a process based on a mid-20th century patent for hydramolding by Fred Leuthesser, Jr. and John Fox of the Schaible Company of Cincinnati, Ohio. Although minor improvements to hydroforming were introduced over the years, the most significant advancement in the manufacturing industry occurred a half a century later, in 2000, with the invention FluidForming.
What is FluidForming?
FluidForming, an industry-changing reinvention of hydroforming, is the first major innovation in metal forming technology in more than 60 years. The FluidForming technology differs from traditional sheet metal stamping and bladder-based hydroforming in several profound ways.
First, our bladder-free technology uses liquid tap water (rather than hydraulic oil) with forming pressures up to 4,000 bar/60,000 psi, which is significantly higher than legacy hydroforming. Thanks to higher forming pressures and our force-contained FormBalancer machine, we’re able to form complex, highly-detailed, and highly-repeatable parts at an overall cost that is significantly lower than those produced by conventional, die-based metal stamping or bladder-based hydroforming.
Our environmentally-friendly process is an ideal metal forming solution for a wide range of industries including the appliance, automotive, aerospace, and medical markets.
Principles Of FluidForming
Visualizing the Future of Metal Forming
Whether you’re a CEO looking for an innovative way to get a new product to market in record time, a CFO working to improve the bottom line, or a product engineer looking for a creative production solution to a revolutionary design idea, FluidForming Americas can help. We create functionally integrated, stunning designs and parts with unsurpassed quality, accuracy, and repeatability.
FluidForming technology is ideal for rapid prototyping and low- to medium volume production with the ability to mass produce. With our technology, you’ll enjoy shorter time-to-market and lower overall cost-to-market ratios. 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.
We encourage you to share your design ideas with us early in your development process. We pride ourselves in collaborating with our clients, helping them find cost-effective ways to get high-quality products to the market faster and at a lower price point.