Chapter . Towards rapid sheet metal forming
O. Owodunni, S. Hinduja and S. Mekid
School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester, UK
This paper examines two techniques which have potentials for rapid sheet metal forming. The two techniques are dieless sheet metal forming and sheetmetal forming using reconfigurable tooling. For each technology, the mechanics of the manufacturing process, the equipment required, Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system, accuracy achieved and the economics are discussed. The research issues are also given consideration.
The factory of the future requires characteristics which include responsiveness, environmental sustainability, reduced cost and lead time. Rapid ...