FluidForming: Components for the Renewable and Alternative Energy Industries

FluidForming is an inherently green alternative energy hydroforming technology for the alternative energy industry. As such, we’re proud to support the growing alternative energy industry sector by producing high-quality components and equipment. Our components can be used in solar, steam, wind, nuclear, geothermal, and hydro applications. We have formed fuel cells, micro channel cells, and high-efficiency heat exchangers.

Using recycled tap water as the forming fluid, FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, is a force-contained structure that permits extremely high forming pressures of up to 4,000 bar/60,000 psi and is capable of forming metal from 1.01mm to 6mm in thickness.

With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming devices, highly complex alternative energy components can be formed using reflective, state-of-the-art alloys and pre-finished materials. Advanced geometry, organic, and other complex shapes can be readily achieved with the FluidForming technology and many individual parts can be incorporated into a single form. Reinforcing structures can also be easily incorporated into the desired shape. This process uses less material, weighs less, and contributes to a lower overall component cost.

With a 99.996% first pass yield success rate, FluidForming offers the quality, accuracy, and repeatability that the alternative energy sector can rely on. Because only one surface of the sheet metal is subjected to the highly pressurized water, parts can be formed from pre-finished materials and with little worry of cross-contamination from the die surface. The resulting part will have little to no distance between the tool and metal surface and minimal material thinning. Furthermore, each FluidFormed component is highly accurate, with virtually no warping or springback.

Advantages of Fluid Forming

FluidForming: Enabling the Future of Alternative Energy Hydroforming

An industry that’s grounded in innovation, like the renewable energy sector, needs fast, reliable, and accurate prototyping. Mechanical, electrical, and material engineers appreciate the increased design flexibility that our rapid prototyping capabilities enable. With FluidForming, engineers and 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. With our technology, engineers and manufacturers enjoy shorter time-to-market 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 just three days.

Not only is the FormBalancer the only machine on the market that can form both sheet and tubular shapes, but the FormBalancer’s bladder-free technology virtually eliminates friction. As a result, alternative energy components that are formed with FluidForming technology are incredibly smooth and free from imperfections.

FluidForming Americas has the technology and the capabilities to produce the highest-quality metal-formed parts that conform to strict industry specifications.

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