The Advanced Forming Research Centre is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing technologies, R&D, and metal forming and forging research.
For almost a decade, the AFRC has been at the heart of manufacturing research in Scotland. It is the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in the country, one of only 7 in the UK making it the critical link between manufacturers in Scotland and the rest of this world-class network of manufacturing innovation and expertise.
The AFRC helps to fill the gap between fundamental academic research and industry. They help companies to turn innovative technologies and ideas into a commercial reality that will increase their competitiveness, boost their business and secure the manufacturing sector in Scotland and the UK for generations to come.
The AFRC offers world-class expertise and cutting-edge technologies that help firms develop solutions that bring about real business benefits for companies of all sizes from across the UK and internationally.
The AFRC’s focus is to build and develop capabilities that help businesses overcome manufacturing challenges and become more competitive. By taking a structured approach to innovation, the AFRC helps customers de-risk and accelerate the introduction of new technologies, materials and processes.
Assembly is the general term for applications that assemble and inspect the fundamental parts to form a final product or sub-component.
Automation is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, and other applications with minimal or reduced human intervention.
Casting is a manufacturing process by which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and is then allowed to solidify.
Composite materials are materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties, that when combined, produce a material with characteristics different from the individual components.
Design for manufacture is a term used to describe the process of designing products/parts/components in a way that optimises all the manufacturing functions as well as ensuring that design supports the optimisation of cost, quality and regulatory compliance.
Advanced manufacturing is a highly knowledge intensive sector where advances in IT systems have a huge role to play in improving manufacturing intelligence; capturing, sharing and managing big data; supporting collaboration; increasing efficiency & speeding up innovation.
Machining is any of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process.
Materials characterisation refers to the broad and general process by which a material’s structure and properties are probed, measured and tested.
Forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces.
Metrology (the science of measurement) provides critical quality assurance for manufacturing processes.
Modelling and simulation is getting information about how something will behave without actually testing it in real life.
Additive Manufacturing (AM) is the process of creating objects directly from digital files via the successive addition of discrete layers of material.
Many of the emerging production methods that produce net shape components begin with powdered metals.
The efficient use of resources in manufacturing processes coupled with low carbon and low energy manufacturing processes is a major target across the whole of manufacturing industry.
Tooling refers to workings or specialist manufacturing aids which are usually limited in use to a specific production line or the performance of a specific contract or job.
Virtual reality refers to a set of techniques in which one interacts with a synthetic (“virtual”) environment that exists solely in the computer.
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