Project Management: Our Process
From Concept to Complete
At FluidForming Americas, our goal is to help our clients achieve the highest levels of success. We accomplish this by always keeping their goals — or, your goals — in our sights. Our project management process is flexible enough to complete every step in-house or to carefully manage our trusted off-site partners on your behalf.
Once a project receives the green light, you’ll enjoy a dedicated team of engineers and business services professionals who will guide your project from start to finish.
Bottom line: we’re well-positioned to achieve your quality, timeline, and budget requirements.
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FluidForming Process Flow
STEP 1: VALUE ENGINEERING
Before forming a single part, the engineering team at FluidForming Americas will carefully determine the scope of work and estimated pricing. Typically, however, our projects kick off with a round of value engineering. FluidForming Americas uses finite element analysis (FEA) to confirm your team’s design and specifications. If necessary, our engineers may make suggestions for design improvements or offer cost-saving recommendations for your consideration.
During the FEA simulation period, FluidForming’s engineering team provides regular feedback to your team. Regular communication enables our clients to make changes and improve components before incurring tooling, material, and production costs. With each design variable change, FFA can run an additional FEA analysis and provide feedback. This highly iterative process ultimately saves time and money while improving your product’s performance.
STEP 2: TOOLING
Because FluidForming requires the use of a single tool — and the prototyping tool can be used as the production tool — tooling costs are typically 50-90% lower than legacy die casting tooling costs. Our metal forming machines, FormBalancers, can accommodate tooling methodologies ranging from inexpensive 3D printed tools to long-lasting metal tooling.
STEP 3: DEVELOPMENT & ITERATION
Depending on the scope of your project, more than one round of prototyping may be required. Thanks to our rapid prototyping capabilities, we’re able to keep the iteration process moving quickly and efficiently.
STEP 4: PRODUCTION
- During the production phase we:
- Confirm the scope and order
- Order materials
- Provide a production schedule
- Set up the machine and manage the production run
- In-house quality control
Our on-site FormBalancer 25 universal sheet metal and tube forming hydroforming press has a clamping force of 2,500 tons with a bed size of 800 mm x 800 mm with a maximum draw depth of up to 300 mm.
Our process is compatible with pre-painted, coated, textured, and pre-finished materials. We can also accommodate integrated branding and logos into the finished product. Post-production clamping, fixturing, and welding are non-existant to minimal. Our team carefully inspects each part in-process for quality assurance. FluidForming Americas, Inc. is a member of the Precision Metal Forming Association and is AS9100 Rev D, ISO 9001:2015 certified.
STEP 5: SHIPPING
We’re strategically located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee. We offer individual packaging for faster time-to-market, bulk shipping to lower costs, and bar-coding and RFID for accuracy and traceability.