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Thixoforming: Manufacturing Parts in One Step

When new technology appears, there's always someone who sees the potential and runs with it.  Here is news out of Germany about a new, potentially much more efficient way to manufacture automotive and aircraft parts, just waiting for someone to recognize the potential.


Following years of research, the technology involving thixoforming, or the shaping of metals in a semi-solid state, is beginning to yield results.
CIC marGUNE, the Co-operative Research Centre for High-performance Manufacturing, is exploring the possibility of modifying the current process to manufacture parts for the automotive industry, thanks to thixoforming technology. This research is being conducted in collaboration with CIE-Legazpi and Mondragon University in Germany. The current process to manufacture parts for the automotive industry usually consists of three or four steps. The researchers are exploring the possibility of modifying this process basing it on thixoforming technology. "The aim is to prod…