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Definition of "metalforming":

 

Metallic components can be shaped in a manner similar to the molding of pottery. The raw material of a fundamental simpler shape is provided by a primary process like casting, powder consolidation, earlier forming processes, or even by electric deposition. Metals deform very much like soft clay or wax. Even in the solid state, permanent changes in shape can be forced upon them by displacement of relative positions between neighboring material points. To enforce these changes, external forces are applied. While soft plasticine can be molded by tiny toddler's fingers, for metalforming, specially constructed tooling, usually of hard materials, are manipulated, sometimes by colossal machinery.

A variety of processes, the equipment and the tooling, and the concepts involved are discussed in Ref. 133. This will provide an understanding of the state of the art in metalforming, typical processes (not all), and basic phenomena of concepts involved.

 A slide presentation of this article is available through Metalforming, Inc.

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Last Modified:
Monday April 26 2010

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