Metal forging is a manufacturing process involving the shaping of metal using localized compressive forces. Types of forging are often classified according to the temperature at which it is performed, such as “cold”, “warm”, or “hot” forging.
As a high value-adding category of manufacturing, metal forming is increasingly important to the core competency across a number of key sectors.
The AFRC focuses on developing forming and forging technologies to support the development of high integrity forged parts and components for the aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and medical sectors, and is home to state-of-the-art equipment including;
– Hot forming process equipment (super-plastic forming presses)
– Cold forging, forming and near net shape equipment (flow former with shear and spin capability, rotary forge)
– Forging equipment (2100T Screw Press, Multi-forge, trimming press)
As well as a suite of supporting capabilities for forming and forging operations and processes.
The AFRC’s Core Research is aimed at developing forming and forging into scientifically understood and repeatable processes.
The HVM Catapult centres offer a wide range of technologies to help solve issues faced by the manufacturing community. From surface engineering to high temperature processing, discover what our technology innovations can offer.