Additive manufacturing (AM) has rapidly evolved since its inception, and investment in AM technology has flourished in both the public and private sectors. This article, the first of two parts, evaluates predictions made in FORGE in 2012 and illustrates some appropriate applications that could affect (or already have affected) forging processes and markets.
China’s Wuxi Paike New Materials Technology Co. placed an order with SMS group for what will allegedly be the world's largest ring-rolling machine for manufacturing aircraft engine components. According to SMS group, it is the first ring-rolling machine in the world capable of rolling jet engine rings with a maximum height of up to 1,500 mm (59 inches). This dimensional capacity will enable Wuxi Paike to efficiently manufacture the rings required for the next generations of jet engines. Commissioning of the new mill is expected in the fourth quarter of 2021.
SMS group received a contract from Avic Guizhou Anda Aviation Forging Co. to supply an additional ring-rolling machine. It will be installed at the company’s plant in Anshun, China. Production is scheduled for mid-2019. The new ring-rolling machine is capable of rolling seamless rings with diameters up to 98.5 inches (2,500 mm) and a maximum height of 31.5 inches (800 mm).
Check out the February 2021 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on the "Nucor Steel's SBQ Program", "Back to the Future: Revisiting AM Predictions from 2012", "Pulse-Plasma Nitriding Improves Forging-Die Performance", and much more.