FluidForming: Forming Metal Components for Furniture
Whether you’re looking to create a singular, stunning piece of custom furniture or you need a larger production run, the FluidForming hydroforming technology is the solution. Furniture manufacturers and designers enjoy the flexibility, lower overall production costs, and the clean look of FluidForming.
FluidForming is a revolutionary approach to traditional hydroforming that enables rapid prototyping and same-day production of custom or limited-run furniture designs. 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. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional hydroforming equipment, modern, highly-complex, and blemish-free furniture components can be formed with ease.
Our technology offers unparalleled furniture design flexibility and a greater strength-to-weight ratio than virtually any other metal forming process. Entire pieces can be formed with our sheet metal or tube forming machine. We can also form individual legs, arms, adjustment tubes, armrests, brackets, table legs, portable chair and equipment bases, video monitor enclosures, and more.
Advantages of Fluid Forming
All-in-One Hydroforming Technology: Benefits of FluidForming for the Furniture Industry
FluidForming’s innovative approach to hydroforming offers a number of potential benefits for furniture designers and manufacturers.
Because the FormBalancer is a the only universal hydroforming machine on the market, pressed components and tubular shapes can be produced by a single machine. Additionally, tables, chairs, and bed frames produced using the FluidForming technology are lightweight, stable, and durable. Thanks to high forming pressures, advanced geometry and complex shapes can be readily achieved.
Unlike bladder-based systems, our bladder-free technology ensures the highest levels of surface quality and detail possible. Because pressurized water comes in contact with just one side of the metal surface, FluidForming is perfect for pre-finished materials. Trademarks, brands, and logos can all be easily incorporated into the design of each part.
Furniture designers enjoy the increased design flexibility that our fast prototyping capabilities enable. With FluidForming, designers are able to innovate and iterate seamlessly. Because our system accommodates the seamless transition from CAD to 3D-printed tooling, we’re able to move from design to production in a matter of days. Additionally, many individual parts can be incorporated into a single form, which can significantly reduce waste and overall production times.