There is something primal about the naked heat of metal forging, evoking images of early industrialisation. Forging remains a vital part of the global metal processing industry. The AFRC’s FutureForge facility will transform the forging sector, helping it to embrace the gains of digitalisation.
With construction completed in early 2020, FutureForge is a world-first, helping companies of all sizes explore less energy-intensive methods of forging and minimising the costly trial and error traditionally associated with the forging process. Planned to be in full operation by early 2021, the facility is predicted to generate around £40m of new collaborative R&D projects over 10 years, revolutionising forging for the 21st century.