Visionary engineers are leading a new industrial revolution. Their application of innovative techniques in designing and manufacturing is revolutionising many industry sectors which employ metallic structures. From aerospace to construction to medical, manufacturers could be benefiting: unprecedented product design freedom; using minimal raw materials and considerably less energy, cutting costs, conserving resources and reducing carbon emissions.
Metals continue to be heavily relied upon in many industries, including aerospace, automotive, railways, construction, process, power and more and thanks to these new manufacturing techniques are becoming even more popular. At both the macro and micro level metallic structures are undergoing a renaissance, these are some of the techniques your company needs to acquire to be at the forefront of its industry sector:
Additive layer manufacturing uses metallic powder as the starting point and puts material only where it’s needed, moving away from traditional subtractive manufacturing which sees 80% of metal billets removed as waste
Pressurised vapour deposition (PVD) alters metals’ surface composition in ways once considered impossible, with thin films placed on metallic surfaces by vacuum deposition, affecting corrosion protection and the failure initiation site when loaded
Friction stir welding (FSW) fuses metallic components, often fundamental to a metallic structure, and is already used in aerospace although recent advances could broaden its application
For engineers working with metal components, the expert knowledge and real-world examples showcased here could change the way that you design and manufacture forever. With these new skills you will be able to solve new problems, create new products and capture new markets.