Shaping the Automotive Industry with Flexform

For decades, Quintus Technologies has supplied Flexform solutions to major automotive manufacturers worldwide, including Ford, Daimler-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Rover, GAZ, and Saab.

As with the aerospace industry, Flexform is used widely by automotive manufacturers for fast, low-cost prototyping, validating tools and parts, and saving valuable time in the new model development process.

And although auto making typically involves high volumes, there are segments of the industry where Flexform is the preferred method for production parts. These include limited edition specialty cars, buses, trucks, commercial vehicles, and farm/construction equipment.

Formed components include fenders, doors, hoods, roof and floor panels, pillars, support beams, and similar items. Flexforming is considered economically viable for parts with production volumes up to some thousands of parts per year.

Prototype and development parts
Flexform is ideal for:
  • Prototype and development parts, both small interior parts and large exterior panels, in steel, high strength steel and aluminum alloys.
  • Low-volume and niche-vehicle parts, from small interior components to large exterior panels, including trimming, in steel and aluminum alloys.

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by Sture Olsson, Business Development Sheet Metal Forming 

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Benefits and Applications for the Automotive Industry

User benefits

Prototype and development parts:
Flexform results in high quality, low-cost parts with short lead times.

  • forming with one rigid low-cost tool half and a flexible rubber diaphragm
  • high, uniform forming pressure for parts with close tolerances
  • easy tool modifications and no matching of tool halves
  • varying material thicknesses formed on the same tool

Low-volume and niche vehicle parts:
Flexform results in high quality, low-cost parts.

  • forming with one rigid low-cost tool half and a flexible rubber diaphragm
  • forming including undercuts, flanging and trimming with a single tool half
  • easy tool modifications and no matching of tool halves
  • prototype tool can also be used for production

Flexform examples

Front fender

Front fender in 0.8 mm (0.03 in) mild steel formed in three steps over a Kirksite punch with fixed blank holder: (1) preforming with blank holding for stretching, intermediate trimming, (2) preforming, removal of filler pieces, and (3) final forming, including an undercut in the top area, to 800 bar (11,600 psi).

Front reinforcement

Front reinforcement part in 1.5 mm (0.06 in) mild steel formed in two steps over a Kirksite punch with fixed blank holder: (1) preforming, intermediate trimming, removal of filler pieces and (2) final forming to 1,400 bar (20,000 psi).

Deep Draw example

BMW shock absorber

BMW shock absorber support in 2 mm (0.08 in) mild steel deep drawn with a movable punch and blank holder in one step to 1,000 bar (14,500 psi). The part has also been formed in aluminum alloy. The punch was made of a low melting zinc alloy and the blank holder of steel.

Watch video: Flexform Fluid Cell Press type QFC 0.7×1.8-800

Watch video: Flexform Press type QFC 1.2×3-1000

Watch video: Deep Draw Hydroforming Press QFM 0.8-800

Watch video: Flexform Fluid Cell Press type QFL 1.1-800

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Some of our Automotive customers:
Ford, Daimler-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Rover, GAZ and Saab