Students Bring Virtual Reality to Forge
The Consolidated project grew out of a graduate class in industrial engineering designed to bring an application beyond the classroom and theory. The students involved with the project were Omer Kizilcik and Krishna Ogety, both 24. In order to make the modeling program useful, they had to dig deep into the details of company operations and spent a month gathering data about staff, workflow, process times and equipment, among other considerations.
Through the use of steam hammers and presses, Consolidated forges a variety of metals, including aluminum, titanium, stainless steel, alloy steels and magnesium. Recently, a die-cast aluminum part destined for a Sikorsky helicopter was heated to 800°F, then shaped by a 2,500-ton press. Flashing was removed from the part using a band saw before it was inspected for blemishes or defects. All these, as well as subsequent processes, were replicated in the model devised by Kizilcik and Ogety using Delmia's Quest software.