FormBalancer: FluidForming’s Precision Metal Forming Machine

FormBalancers: 4-in-1 metal forming machines

The FormBalancer is the most accurate metal forming machine on the market. FluidForming Americas’ precision fluid cell metal forming machines — FormBalancers — are incredibly versatile universal sheet metal and tube forming metal presses. Our plant-ready presses are designed for low- to medium-volume precision metal forming and rapid prototyping.

FormBalancer sheet metal forming and tube forming machines can produce rectangular and circular parts and can accommodate complex shapes with a 99.996% first-pass yield rate. Depending on tooling, FormBalancer metal forming machines can produce up to 10 parts per minute. An easy adaptation transforms the FormBalancer from deep draw sheet metal forming to high-pressure tube forming.

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High-pressure metal forming machines

FormBalancers are patented, force-contained metal forming machines that employ extremely high forming pressures of up to 4,000 bar / 60,000 psi.

That’s up to 4x the forming pressure used by traditional, bladder-based hydroforming machines or existing deep draw presses. Uniform absorption of closing forces ensures highly precise and repeatable part formation.

FormBalancers are compact, computer-controlled, semi-automated, and network-connected. Modular design and multiple machine sizes allow for flexible floor placement. Because of the machine’s lightweight and efficient design, special foundation requirements and reinforcements are unnecessary.

You can own the most versatile metal forming machine on the market.

Benefits of a FormBalancer Metal Forming Machine

  • Deep draw sheet metal forming & tube forming capabilities.
  • Requires just one tool.
  • Compatible with 3D-printed tooling.
  • 50-90% reduction in tooling costs.
  • 99.996% accuracy & repeatability.
  • Low operating costs.
  • Nominal maintenance costs.
  • Minimal post-fixturing costs.
  • Bladder-free.
  • Water is the forming force.
  • Fast ideation-to-production turnaround times.
  • Ideal for low-to-moderate production runs. 
  • Perfect for production-ready rapid prototyping.
  • Adjustable process forces and forming speeds.
  • Compatible with nested tooling.
  • Affordable complex part production.
  • Low energy consumption.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Easy operation.

Applications for FluidForming’s FormBalancer Precision Hydroforming Presses

Aerospace
For complex parts with tight tolerances, the aerospace industry relies on FluidForming FormBalancers.

Appliance
From rapid prototyping to flawless finishes, high-end appliance manufacturers trust the FormBalancer.

Manufacturing
Metal forming solutions for automotive manufacturing, medical equipment, industrial applications & more.

FluidForming FormBalancer Specifications

FormBalancer FB25 FB35 FB42 FB50 FB60 FB80 FB80L FB100
Tool Clamping Force 25,000 kN 2,500 ton 35,000 kN
3,500 ton
42,000 kN
4,200 ton
50,000 kN
5,000 ton
60,000 kN
6,000 ton
80,000 kN
8,000 ton
80,000 kN
8,000 ton
100,000 kN
10,000 ton
Table Size 800 x 800mm
31.5 x 31.5in
1,000 x 1,200mm
39.4 x 47.2in
1,200 x 1,200mm
47.2 x 47.2in
1,200 x 1,500mm
47.2 x 59.1in
1,300 x 1,600mm
51.2 x 63in
1,500  x 1,800mm
59.1 x 70.9in
1,300 x 2,000mm
51.2 x 78.7in
1,500 x 2,000mm
59.1 x 78.7in
Maximum Forming Depth 300mm
~11.8in
450mm
~17.7in
500mm
~19.7in
500mm
~19.7in
550mm
~21.7in
600mm
~23.6in
600mm
~23.6in
600mm
~23.6in
Maximum Forming Pressure ~60,000psi
~4,000bar
~60,000psi
~4,000bar
~60,000psi
~4,000bar
~60,000psi
~4,000bar
~60,000psi
~4,000bar
~43,511psi
~3,000bar
~43,511psi
~3,000bar
~43,511psi
~3,000bar

FluidForming FormBalancer Installation Requirements

FormBalancer FB25 FB35 FB42 FB50 FB60 FB80 FB80L FB100
Width 2.7m
8.9ft
3.4m
11.2ft
3.7m
12.1ft
4.5m
14.8ft
4.5m
14.8ft
5m
16.4ft
4.5m
14.8ft
5m
16.4ft
Height 4m
13.1ft
4.2m
13.8ft
4.5m
14.8ft
4m
13.1ft
4.5m
14.8ft
6m
20ft
5m
16.4ft
5.5m
18ft
Depth 4m
13.1ft
6.1m
20ft
6.1m
20ft
5.5m
18ft
6m
19.7ft
8.5m
28ft
7m
23ft
7m
23ft
Electrical Power (Installed) 480 / 60V/Hz
90kW
480 / 60V/Hz
130kW
480 / 60V/Hz
130kW
400 / 50V/Hz
200kW
400 / 50V/Hz
200kW
480 / 60V/Hz
200kW
400 / 50V/Hz
250kW
400 / 50V/Hz
300kW