Triform Stretch Forming


Beckwood manufactures Triform’s next generation sheet and extrusion stretch forming machines in the most efficient configurations tailored to your specific application. The Triform Stretch Forming line draws from Beckwood’s deep reservoir of precision hydraulic press control experience, creating highly accurate and consistent forming results.

Features of Triform’s Stretch Forming Machines

  • Synced or independent arm actuation
  • Programmable pressure and position cycles facilitate both traditional and tangential stretch forming
  • ‘Closed-loop’ control system allows precise, repeatable tension and angle control during operation: Arm Angle Control (+/-0.5 degrees) / Tension Force Control (+/- 2% of full scale)
  • Accurate, uniform tension force throughout the cycle minimizes wrinkling
  • Programmable post-load cycle minimizes material spring back and increases the yield strength of material
  • Built-in recipe functionality allows users to save proven cycle parameters for guaranteed repeatability and decreased set-up time
  • Manual control mode gives the operator direct control over the cycle profile during new part development
  • Supplemental accessories such as heat integration for high strength alloys and hydraulic joggle rams for setting bends in the formed extrusions can be incorporated as needed.

What is Stretch Forming?

Stretch forming is a type of metalworking most commonly used in aerospace applications. During the stretch forming, or wrap forming process, metal sheets or extrusions are stretched to exceed their inherent elastic limit, and then wrapped and formed around contoured dies and profiles to create the desired shape. This “stretching” process results in an increased material yield strength and a stronger finished part.

Stretch forming can produce parts of varying complexity, from a simple curved part such as an aircraft skin to one with intricate geometries consisting of non-uniform cross sections. Most leading edge parts, joined structural sections, and contoured trim are created using the stretch forming process.

Why are Beckwood Stretch Formers the Best in the Industry?

Beckwood engineers each stretch forming machine’s structure for Infinite Life using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software. Our robust stretch forming designs feature high-quality, standard components from the best suppliers in the industry and are outfitted with Beckwood’s PressLink remote support module.

Beckwood is an official partner of ESI, the provider of PAM-STAMP Forming Simulation Software. In addition to providing highly accurate simulations of traditional forming and drawing processes, PAM-STAMP offers tremendous advantages to operations using Triform sheet hydroforming presses, stretch forming machines, ring expanders, and hot joggle presses.  Part quoting, new part development, tooling design, and sales efforts are all aided by PAM-STAMP simulations.

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Innovative Sheet Hydroforming Machinery

The Triform line of Sheet Hydroforming Presses was developed in direct response to an unmet need in the marketplace for modern sheet hydroforming equipment.

At the time (2007), companies searching for sheet hydroforming presses were faced with equally unappealing options. Manufacturers of new sheet hydroforming equipment were extremely scarce, with new machine prices corresponding to the lack of competition. Those unable to afford new sheet hydroforming technology often resorted to sourcing used equipment which was manufactured from the 1950's - 1970's. These used machines presented several potential hazards including outdated hydraulic & control systems, a lack of available service & support and high transportation & intstallation costs.

Pryer, a leading provider of structural components, assemblies and kits to the aerospace industry, through their extensive utilization of sheet hydroforming equipment, understood clearly the hole which existed in the market. They began an exhaustive search to locate a machinery manufacturer with the experience & capabilities required to develop a modern answer to those aging machines manufactured decades ago.

This search led to Beckwood Press Company, a manufacturer of custom hydraulic presses & automation systems with nearly four decades of experience in product design, development and manufacturing, based in St. Louis, MO USA.

Beckwood leveraged its experience and in-house engineering & manufacturing resources - along with the sheet hydroforming process/application knowledge Pryer had amassed since its founding in 1965 - to create the first Triform in time for display at Fabtech 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the years since, numerous advanced Fluid Cell & Deep Draw Triform presses have been manufactured & delivered to facilities across the globe, including in Mexico, India, China, South Africa and the United States.

Today, Triform presses are sold, manufactured, serviced & supported by Beckwood Press Company, from their company headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri USA. With several additional Triform machines currently being manufactured for both new & repeat customers, it's clear that Triform's initial goal of filling a need within the marketplace has been successful. This broad acceptance, granted by the world forming community, has made Triform Sheet Hydroforming one of the truly great manufacturing success stories of the past decade.