Sheet hydroforming is a metal forming process that uses pressurized hydraulic fluid in a flexible diaphragm to shape sheet metal against a single tool. The process can create a wide range of 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 parts up to 15-inches tall.
Sheet hydroforming presses can combine and/or replace many different metal forming processes including press brakes, traditional draw forming, rubber pad forming, progressive die forming, and more. These machines can also consolidate multiple steps into a single cycle, virtually eliminating secondary finishing processes such as polishing, annealing, or welding.
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.