If the right material should be in the right place, then the right manufacturing technology should be used to achieve target shape.
Therefore Resource efficient manufacturing is based on three fundamental pillars:
- selection of the appropriate material,
- understanding of the part design features,
- development/assessment of the suitable manufacturing technology, which need to be supported by the risk and cost assessment.
Efficiency of the manufacturing technology could be significantly aided through the understanding of the material properties and requirements of the forming process, meanwhile efficient localised heating could provide additional support exactly where it’s needed.
In the Forming team of the AFRC we are looking for the transitional opportunities how the technologies developed for aerospace sector could be successfully adapted for automotive and other sectors, as well as how manufacturing process could be efficient and translational for low and high volume manufacturing.