March 15, 2019 in Hydroforming Industry

Why Is Hydroforming A Preferred Method?


The hydroforming method has been around for more than six decades, but there have been many advancements and innovations that have changed the way each industry thinks about their profits, manufacturing strategies, design, etc. For many years now, die casting has been the preferred metal forming option for a variety of industries, including the following:

  • aerospace
  • marine
  • automotive

The high-pressure die casting method can produce a variety of contaminants, dust, and detrimental emissions. Hydroforming is a method of turning metal into the desired shape by using a rubber diaphragm and hydromechanical oil that has been pressurized. It can be compared to metal stamping in multiple ways, but hydroforming is a more cost-effective and cost-efficient alternative to stamping for a variety of components. Actually, the complex parts can result in more savings. Why? Hydroforming is able to streamline a variety of manufacturing operations and turn them into one process. However, there will be a few limitations when it comes to the shape of parts that are able to be produced.


Why Is Hydroforming A Preferred Method?

Hydroforming is suitable for almost all sheet metals. It can also result in more consistency when it comes to part creation due to the consistency of the fluid pressure. How much thickness that can be hydroformed in a material will alter based on the materials. Some materials are able to be hydroformed into thicker shapes when compared to other materials.

The production cycles will also vary in their completion time based on the materials. However, the production cycles for different parts has resulted in a change in tooling costs. The tooling costs have dropped significantly over the years. The limitations on time and its cost-effectiveness have made hydroforming a go-to choice in a variety of industries. It can be a go-to choice for the smaller or shorter production runs, but it can also be the preferred method for a variety of other operations.

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