The AMRC Machining Group develops innovative techniques and optimised processes for machining high-performance materials.

Our technology teams develop techniques which deliver significant improvements in machining performance and span:

  • Process Monitoring and Control – enabling lights-out machining by deploying the latest tools for intelligent, autonomous manufacturing.
  • Machining Dynamics – developing new methods to predict, diagnose and control machining vibration.
  • Machinability – understanding the characteristics of high-performance aerospace materials and cutting tools and exploring emergent machining techniques such as ultrasonic and cryogenic machining.
  • Process Modelling – developing a deeper understanding of metal cutting, composite machining, residual stress and distortion.
  • Grinding – improving productivity across the range of grinding and surface finishing operations whilst controlling part integrity precision.
  • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Development – creating next generation knowledge based CAM systems and generating more cost-efficient NC programs to reduce cutting time or improve tool life.
  • Gear Manufacturing – combining sophisticated software, modern machining centres and standard tooling as an alternative to traditional bespoke equipment and making it easier for companies to develop prototype gears, launch new designs and make a wider range of products.
  • We are also exploring unconventional machining techniques such as cryogenic machining, ultrasonic milling and drilling and abrasive waterjet machining of metals and composites.

The Machining Group has a number of platform teams which focus on particular component families for our core aerospace partners.

The teams develop machining processes using techniques created by the technology teams and make demonstration components to prove these processes, so that they can be introduced into industry.

Platform teams include:

  • Rotatives – manufacturing techniques for aeroengine discs and shafts.
  • Casings – strategies, tooling and workholding technologies to optimise machining of aeroengine casings.
  • Aerofoils – manufacturing aerofoils for aeroengines and power generation.
  • Structures – techniques for machining large and complex components like landing gear and actuation systems.
  • Workholding & Automation – techniques for optimising machining strategies.

 

For details of our technology research themes and equipment capabilities, please download our Machining capability brochure.

For more information, please contact:

Matthew Farnsworth, head of technology development
m.farnsworth@amrc.couk

James Needham, head of applications
j.needham@amrc.co.uk

Tom McLeay, head of core research
t.mcleay@amrc.co.uk

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