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Cell Impact’s story begins in 1999 with a novel idea in metal shaping. What if there was a method to shape metal that could go beyond the shearing and stretching boundaries of existing metal forming techniques? The founders decided to investigate adiabatic softening as a potential candidate.

The big challenge lay in the mechanical challenges of the forming press. How do you quickly accelerate a heavy stamping tool to a precise (and extremely fast) speed and then punch a material without wrecking either the stamp or destroying the product? And how do you repeat this motion thousands of times without noticeable quality degradation?


The solution lay in an innovative mechanical solution, a very fast hydraulics control system and some smart engineering solutions. In 2004 we began in earnest to develop the technology for both metals and powder-based materials such as graphite. It turned out that high-velocity forming was equally good at compacting, cutting, embossing, and forming. And the process is clean (requiring no oils and cleaning), has fast cycle-times, reduces waste, and is very energy efficient.

In 2015 we decided to focus on manufacturing metal bipolar flow plates for hydrogen fuel cells. Since high-velocity forming is ideal for forming very complex patterns with very low tolerances in steel, it is ideally suited for this type of product. Today we help our customers with flow plate design and manufacturing services.

ISO 9001:2015 | ISO 14001:2015

Cell Impact is accredited by DNL GL for the ISO 9001 and 14001 quality management systems.

All accreditation certificates are now stored in DNV GL’s blockchain system for easy verification. You can easily verify Cell Impact’s certificate by visiting the public database and searching for “Cell Impact” or viewing it directly by photographing the QR-code with your cell phone and following the link.

Bipolar flow plates

High-volume and cost-efficient manufacturing of bipolar flow plates
using high-velocity impact technology.