FORMING: A REALISTIC SHORT-RUN OPTION?
Laser energy can be used to create bends in a metal workpiece
by inducing differential thermal expansion/contraction
in the material. Lately, researchers have been trying
to convert laser forming into a practical production process
-- and not just for creating simple straight bends, but
for complex parts as well. A University of Liverpool researcher
explains the basics of LF and points out its practical
potential for both prototyping and short-run production
for sheetmetal forming.
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