The Emerging Machining Technology team performs research in developing and proving out novel machining technologies that can be applied in industrial environments.

The Emerging Machining Technologies team at the AMRC has an interest in investigating new machining technologies that have the potential when scaled up to provide considerable benefits in existing machining processes.

Research Strands:

• Hybrid (additive and subtractive) machining: The combination of additive and subtractive machining under one platform opens up new opportunities in terms of creating complex geometries with multiple materials.

• Cryogenic machining: The use of cryogenic cooling liquids has shown the potential to improve tool life and part quality in machining operations whilst eliminating the need for emulsion coolants.

• Ultrasonic machining: The machinability of aerospace materials has the potential to be improved
 by using t vibrations in the ultrasonic range. This allows improved chip management as well as improved final      part quality.

• Laser assisted machining: In hard to machine alloys, the use of lasers for local softening of the material can
improve the machinability, reduce the cutting forces and tool wear while machining.

Key resources include:

• DMG Lasertec 65 3D Ultrasonic machining centre
• Starrag LX 051 cryogenic machining centre
• Fusion Coolant system supercritical CO2 cryogenic machining setup
• Photron Fastcam UX100 High speed camera

For more information, please contact:

Dr Nikolaos Tapoglou, Technical Lead – Emerging Machining Technologies