Revolutionising traditional metal spinning

Revolutionising traditional metal spinning

Case Studies Revolutionising traditional metal spinning

The MTC works with Primetals Technologies and the University of Cambridge to develop ground-breaking specialist machine to revolutionise the traditional world of metal spinning.

“This collaborative way of working enabled a culture of co-operation, learning and innovation to be fostered.” Nick Champion, Head of Technology, Primetals Technologies

The Challenge

The purpose of this development programme was to upscale a laboratory concept for mandrel-free spinning, developed by the University of Cambridge, into a customer-driven and commercially relevant flexible forming machine. The main goals of this new spinning technology are:

    • Elimination of tooling costs
    • Rapid and low cost component prototyping
    • Advanced part geometry not currently accessible through conventional spinning

MTC's Solution

    • In partnership with Primetals, the MTC developed an 11 axis machine capable of spinning blank sizes of up to 2.5 metres
    • This machine is fully CNC operational. Currently, standard spinning machines are more reliant on manual operations as fully CNC variants are not available

The Outcome

    • Innovative machine concept based on fundamental academic research
    • Fundamentals of toolpath design addressed through ongoing university support
    • Commercially relevant up-scaled machine built and installed at the MTC
    • Successful partnering could form the basis for a future innovative collaboration model.

Benefits to the client

    • Integrated approach between Primetals Technologies, The University of Cambridge and the MTC to revolutionise the traditional world of metal spinning
    • The foundation of a UK capability in the design, development and commercialisation of novel flexible forming machines.

“It was a fascinating project to work on due to the many aspects that had to be considered. Given the collaborative nature of the project it was always a pleasure to work on, even when presented with tough challenges.” Marie Wells, Advanced Research Engineer, MTC


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