The Light-weighting Conference provided deep insights into the future of mobility through powerful presentations and real-world technology demonstrators: from machining thin wall aerostructures and additive manufacture of satellite components, through to innovative castings of complex airframes, the design of joints containing dissimilar materials, and one-way-assembly.
Presentations were given from experts in the following organisations:
Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (NMIS)
Ultimate Battery Company
Williams Advanced Engineering
More details: Light-weighting conference agenda (PDF, 1.2MB)
Sectors and technologies
Topics of discussion and presentation included:
High strength and lightweight metals
Delegates of the Light-weighting Conference attending tours to showcase the AMRC’s capabilities in the following fields.
Automated production - utilising automated fibre placement and advanced robotic filament winding to demonstrate the cost and performance benefits of the technologies.
Advanced curing - enabling technologies and autoclave alternatives that will reduce costs and energy, whilst enhancing throughput and quality of components.
Novel materials and processing - the development of processes and materials to improve net shape component manufacture and material properties.
Dry fibre technologies - working with traditional textile technologies, such as weaving and braiding, and pushing their capabilities beyond the conventional standards to produce novel composite fibre architectures.
Composites machining - making subtractive composite processing affordable, fast and safe, so that it is more attractive to machine a high value-add component to net shape than to use any other technology.
Lightweight thin wall machining - milling part features with thin wall characteristics on a variety of materials, whilst maintaining dimensional accuracy and straightness.
One-way assembly - The ability to manufacture fastener-ready holes in composite-metallic stacks that fully comply to specification without the need to disassemble, inspect, deburr, clean or rework.
Titanium investment casting - for weight optimised aircraft structural components.
Optimisation of the design for manufacture - reducing components and wall thickness.
Design and prototyping
Design for additive manufacturing - allowing complex design geometries to be produced in polymers and metals that are topology optimised for lightweight structures.
Analysis - developing and validating analyses for many structural, fluid flow and thermal design questions.
Robotics and automation
Lightweight reconfigurable carbon composite robotic machine tools - for faster drilling and milling applications and without having to make major investment in purpose-built machine tools, which cannot easily be moved.
Robotic composite machining - for improved accuracy, increased throughput and safer working environments.
The benefits of utilising powder metallurgy to produce lighter weight parts with reduced parts counts and increased functionality.