FluidForming: Hydroforming High-Performance Sporting Goods and Equipment

Athletes and outdoor enthusiasts appreciate the form and function of high-quality, precision-formed sporting goods and equipment. FluidForming, a game-changing approach to hydroforming, allows for unprecedented accuracy, performance, and durability.

FluidForming’s universal sheet metal and tube forming machine, the FormBalancer, is a one-of-a-kind, force-contained device that accommodates extremely high forming pressures of up to 400 mPA/60,000 psi. With up to 4x the pressure used by traditional deep draw hydroforming devices, performance sporting equipment and sporting goods can be formed with ease.

Some of the equipment and high-performing parts that are commonly formed for the sporting goods industry include ice skate blades, protective cases, helmets, powersports components, outboard motor enclosures, scopes, bicycle frames, gun cases, exhaust manifolds and more.

Benefits of FluidForming Sporting Good and Athletic Equipment

Not only is the FormBalancer the only machine on the market that can form both sheet and tubular shapes, an incredibly useful feature within the industry, but sporting goods manufacturers also enjoy the highest levels of part quality. The FormBalancer’s bladder-free technology virtually eliminates friction. As a result, sporting equipment and goods formed with FluidForming technology are incredibly smooth and free from imperfections, improving both appearance and performance.

Compared to other draw-forming methods, which rely on die sets to stretch the material into shape, the FluidForming process also minimizes material thinning. During the forming process, an extremely high degree of uniform pressure is exerted on the metal sheet which means that complex geometries that were once considered impossible (or cost prohibitive) are now feasible.

Advantages of FluidForming

Excellence in Sporting Goods and Performance Sporting Equipment

FluidForming is reinventing hydroforming and helping professional, amateur, and recreational athletes perform at the highest levels. Investors, product designers, and engineers can bring new sporting equipment and sporting goods to the market faster with our cost-effective approach to rapid prototyping.

With a 99.996 first pass yield success rate, FluidForming delivers the quality, accuracy, and precision that the sporting goods industry requires. Thanks to our high forming pressures, manufacturers experience no warping or springback, which virtually eliminates post forming fixturing and clamping. Our low tooling costs and our nested, modular die structure (many individual parts can be incorporated into a single form) minimize waste and maximize efficiency.

Enjoy faster prototyping, quicker production times, and high-performing athletic equipment with FluidForming.

Learn more about FluidForming’s Sporting Equipment metal forming capabilities!