Fluid Cell Forming Materials
Fluid cell forming is a cost-effective way to manufacture long, deep-drawn and complex shapes. As the first contract manufacturer in the United States to utilize a Quintus Technologies Flexform® fluid cell press, Jones Metal Products is an expert at utilizing the fluid cell forming process with a variety of metals. We also have the technical capabilities to meet the intricate tooling requirements of aerospace, commercial lighting and medical equipment manufacturers.
Ideal for intricate components that require multiple heat treatments, the fluid cell process produces parts by exerting high pressure -- up to 11,600 p.s.i. -- onto a flexible rubber diaphragm. In turn, the diaphragm transforms sheet metal into complex shapes that meet close tolerances. Small parts, shallow components, large panels and complex deep-drawn profiles, such as a negative lip, can all be formed using a fluid cell press. Parts emerge with limited surface abrasion, which minimizes downstream, labor-intensive rework and finishing.
JMP has the experience and capabilities to apply fluid cell forming to the following materials:
- Carbon Steel / Stainless Steel, including 304, 316 and 409, 17-4, 17-7
- High Nickel Alloys
- Titanium Grade 5, Grade 2, 15-15-15, 15-3-3-3
- Clad Metals
- Galvanized Metals
At JMP, our fluid cell press can accommodate blanks up to 6 feet long, 27.5 inches wide and 8 inches deep. The process is an especially good option for components made from high nickel alloys, which often need extra support and motion control during forming. And because multiple parts can be formed onto plastic tooling at one time, fluid cell forming is a cost-effective way to make large quantities of high quality components.
At JMP, we've spent more than 90 years building our reputation as an invaluable resource by meeting the promise of high quality results and timely delivery. We can become a resource for your company as well. Whether you have your designs ready, or have questions on how to get started, we can help. Contact us and submit your drawings to get started today.