Valley Precision manufactures a wide variety of Hydro Form
Tooling for the Metal Forming Industry. Our abilities to machine
complex surfaces from solid models has enabled us to develop
precise "Hydro Form Dies".
By developing and manufacturing our own tooling, Valley can
help to control your costs and lead times by not having to
depend on an outside toolmaker to build tools.
Working closely with a local casting house, we have developed
a revolutionary procedure to actually cast extremely hard
and dense hydro form dies from your solid models. This procedure
works well with the Hydraulic Bladder Press such as the Verson
Wheelon. Depending on the actual design characteristics, in
many cases these inexpensive cast dies last as long as aluminum
or steel monuments at a fraction of the cost.
This Cast Die Process allows our customer a viable economical
process as an alternative to machining hard metal tools.
Another revolutionary approach is in using a stereo lithographic
model. We can take your wire frame or solid model of the desired
form, make a stereo lithograph model and cast your hydroform
tool using a proprietary material similar to what bowling
balls are made from.
Once all forming and related heat treating is complete, your
component can be trimmed using a conventional "router
type" trim shell. The more complex close tolerance shapes
are trimmed to your net shape using a five axis machining
center. We also have access to several 5 axis hydro
abrasive machines if required.
In addition to Hydro Forming with a Rubber Box or Bladder
Press, Valley is extremely skilled and capable to handle Aircraft
Engine Nacelle Components and details such as Stretch Formed
Skins, "Structural C & Z Channels" as well as
Spun and Polished Lip Skins.