Sheet hydroforming is a metal forming process which uses high-pressure hydraulic fluid in a flexible bladder, or diaphragm, to shape sheet metal against a single tool. The process can create a range of simple or complex geometric shapes from a variety of materials including aluminum, steel, stainless, titanium, niobium, Inconel, copper, composites and more.
Beckwood’s standard line of Triform sheet hydroforming presses includes both fluid cell and deep draw configurations. Fluid cell sheet hydroforming creates shallow parts with open corners while deep draw sheet hydroforming is used for taller parts with closed corners, and can accommodate heights up to 15-inches.
Sheet hydroforming presses can replace many different metal forming processes, such as press brakes, traditional matched deep drawing, and more. These machines can also consolidate multiple steps into a single operation and virtually eliminate hand finishing and secondary processes such as annealing or welding. Most parts, including those which are deep drawn, are finished in one cycle and require little or no additional finishing work.
The ability to react quickly and economically to production and new part development makes Triform Sheet Hydroforming the go-to technology for short-run part production and rapid prototyping.