Hydroforming

Hydroforming is a high-pressure deformation process that shapes metal sheets into a predefined geometry by using a fluid under high pressure.

Hydroforming with the FormBalancer – the principle

Hydroforming with the FormBalancer is a high-pressure deformation process that shapes metal sheets into a predefined geometry by using a fluid under high pressure. Hydroforming is similar to the conventional deep-drawing technique with a counter-mould. The specific difference from the conventional method is that the hydroforming process uses a fluid instead of a punch to form the metal sheet into its final shape. This deformation process requires fluid pressures up to 4000 bars, which means that very high tool closing forces need to be applied depending on the size of the component.

The wish of many component creators and designers to have this technology run in a production environment has so far only failed because there were no suitable component forming machines which could have been used to put the highly specialized hydroforming technique into practice.

Advantages of Hydroforming with FF Fluid Forming over conventional deep-drawing

Hydroforming is similar to the conventional deep-drawing technique, but has significant advantages for the formed part and keeps the tooling costs and hence the component production costs low. The FormBalancer provides attractive possibilities using cost-effective production methods. In this process, we can manufacture special components for every industry. Please convince yourself!

Small inherent stresses and little tendency to return to its original shape

CONVENTIONAL DEEP-DRAWING

HYDROFORMING WITH THE FORMBALANCER
UNIFORM DISTRIBUTION OF SHEET THICKNESSES THROUGH HYDROFORMING
  • Uniform and continuous distribution of strength and stiffness
  • Avoiding abrupt transitions in local constraints
DIMENSIONAL STABILITY THROUGH HYDROFORMING
  • Maximum repeatability
  • Especially with complex geometries
PROCESSING OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS, SIZES AND SHEET THICKNESSES WITH FF FLUID FORMING

We develop individualized hydroforming solutions for your industry

Almost any industry can benefit from the advantages of the hydroforming process. Again and again companies are faced with the challenge of simultaneously achieving both lower operating costs and innovative solutions for evolutionary advances of their products. Our high-pressure forming technology offers attractive possibilities in terms of price-performance ratio and manufacturing time.
Industries
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Medical technology
  • Electronics, appliances
  • Fuel cell technology
  • Agriculture
  • Sanitary technology
  • Home appliances (white commodities)
  • Luminaire technology
  • Marketing & design
Applications
  • Heat exchangers
  • Bipolar plates
  • Housings and guards
  • Bathroom equipment
  • Laboratory equipment
  • Catering

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