Compared to conventional forging processes, the novel technology saves time, while requiring less force. Since the component mainly consists of sheet metal and less bulk metal, the pressing force needed for deformation is much lower. The researchers’ goal is to get along with half the required pressing force, facilitating the use of smaller forming presses with lower performance which in turn require less energy.
The research project “Hybrid forging in a progressive die” started at the beginning of November 2017 and will be completed by end of October 2019. Till then, the researchers aim to build the progressive tool and to produce a track control arm in accordance with current industrial standards. Moreover, they want to prepare guidelines helping SMEs with the implementation of the novel technology.
“The new approach will make the production of hybrid lightweight parts a lot cheaper and help companies stay competitive, even toward low-cost foreign suppliers,“ says project manager Eugen Seif. Companies interested in hybrid forging in a progressive die still have the opportunity to participate in the research project.
Project manager Eugen Seif can be contacted by phone +49(0) 511 279 76-342 or via e-mail email@example.com
. The first project meeting is scheduled for January 2018.