All-electric Superplastic Forming/Diffusion Bonding Machine (Patent Pending)

Funding provided by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), mentoring and support provided by the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP), has helped Aerospace Cutting Tool Limited develop the world’s first, all-electric Superplastic Forming/Diffusion Bonding (SPF/DB) machine which, for the first time, offers a cost- effective, affordable solution with the added advantage of increased process flexibility within a single unit.

Using electro-mechanical actuators, the new machine concept eliminates the fire risk and costs associated with conventional, servo-controlled hydraulic systems used on present equipment and addresses the current ATI Technology Strategy covering Aerostructure Manufacturing.

Specifically: –

  • Light weighting End of life recycling
  • Waste reduction.
  • Reduced manufacturing costs.
  • Reduced process equipment costs.
  • Supply chain expansion.
  • Flexible manufacturing system.
  • Process energy savings.

In summary, this new machine will make the process of SPF/DB more affordable for future manufacturers by offering: –

  • Up to 50% saving on press manufacturing costs.
  • Up to 85% reduction in hydraulic energy costs.
  • Flexible machine configuration.
  • Lower maintenance costs.
  • Fire risk eliminated.

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