As a deformation specialist Expansor creates a great variety of products that are often considered impossible to make. From bicycle frames to magnet housing and from sculptures to wall cladding, we develop these 3D shaped products in close dialogue with the responsible designer, engineer or architect.
Buis van uit plaat 0,5 mm, 3D gevormd naar een geribbelde vorm
Opvallende bekleding voor hoge toren, met vuur vertragende gevelpanelen
At the basis of shaping 3D products are the niche production technologies of liquid shaping and rubber pad forming. In liquid shaping or hydroforming, a piece of sheet or tube is sealed off in a mould, applying water pressure we shape the product into a desired form. For rubber pad forming, the applied medium is a rubber cushion that pushed sheet driven into a die under mechanical pressure.
Using non-solid mediums to apply pressure, both technologies do rather little damage to the to-be-deformed material. This allows for complex deformations, extreme expansion, greater precision, relatively equal wall thickness throughout the product, and a comparably stress and strain free end product. Expansor has a lot of experience on how to apply our technologies to the advantage of your products.
Our 3D shaping technologies are incredibly suitable for small series up to 1000 pieces.
The technologies allow to greatly deform materials giving way to create complex shapes.
Using relatively affordable moulds, allows to be cost effective for small series.
The nature of our production technologies makes end products to be of high quality.
Liquid shaping is the term we use to define the act of deforming materials by means of water pressure. It’s also known as hydroforming, or hydro-mechanical forming to be more precise: A combination of water pressure inside a mould to shape a product into a desired form, and (mechanical) force to keep the mould sealed off allowing to build up water pressure.