St. Louis, MO – Beckwood Press Company, a leading manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses, automation systems, and the Triform line of precision forming equipment, has partnered with aerospace parts supplier Cutting Dynamics to design and manufacture a fluid cell sheet hydroforming press. Scheduled for completion in late 2014, the Triform model 1648-5FC will be installed in Cutting Dynamics’ Fluid Cell Processing Center in Avon, Ohio. With a 16″x 48″ oval forming area and 5,000 psi of forming pressure, the 1648-5FC is ideal for small and medium-sized aerospace parts.
“We’re excited about our partnership with Triform which will help our mission of providing value to customers in need of high-quality components,” said Cutting Dynamics President, Bill Carson. “Our new Triform will be able to handle a significant percentage of our parts, allowing us to cycle our larger Verson press only when required, due to either part size or overall production requirements. The redundancy and additional capacity, along with our in-house engineering/tool design capabilities, will give us the ability to respond more quickly to our customers’ requests,” continued Carson.
Triform sheet hydroforming presses use flexible diaphragms to shape sheet material around male form blocks or into female cavities. The high forming pressure, which is applied evenly to every square inch of the part’s surface, allows for dramatically increased forming capability over alternative methods. The ‘universal’ nature of the Triform diaphragm, which conforms to any geometry placed within the chamber, eliminates the need for expensive matched die sets. The result is high-performance forming capability, with dramatically decreased tooling costs.
About Cutting Dynamics, Inc.
Established in 1985, Cutting Dynamics is a leading provider of complex parts for the aerospace and defense industries. Their 165,000 sq. ft. facility in Avon, OH specializes in aircraft sheet metal assemblies, kitting, Thermoplastic composite fabrication, and hydroforming aerospace parts of all shapes and sizes. Cutting Dynamics is an AS9100 and ISO9001 certified facility.