Looking Ahead

Austin predicts that R&D efforts by material and equipment companies will continue to result in improved coatings and alloys, faster heating rates, and greater use of laser-welded blanks made from hard and/or ductile materials. He adds that steelmakers and automotive companies are working together to develop new applications and manufacturing processes to improve modeling predictions and vehicle performance.

In addition to automotive, aerospace and agriculture, he says that defense-vehicle applications are gaining traction and that we will soon see hot-formed parts in other markets as well.

Stay tuned. MF

Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Blank, Cam, Center, Corrosion Resistance, Die, Ductility, Forming, Gauge, Hardware, LASER, Prototype, Scrap, Stroke, Surface, Tensile Strength, Thickness, Transfer
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms

Technologies: Stamping Presses


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