Flanders Make wants to realise a breakthrough in the production of high-precision components that meet the high functional and technological requirements of modern industrial systems.
INTEGRATED LASER HARDENING FOR PROTOTYPES AND SMALL SERIES OF COMPLEX COMPONENTS
For prototypes and small series of complex mechanical parts, hardening implies considerable lead times as well as an accuracy risk. The purpose of this project is to develop a hybrid production platform integrating both multi-axial processing and laser hardening. This results in a lead time reduction by 75% up to 90% for the production of prototypes and small series, with increased accuracy as an additional benefit as the components must no longer be mounted and dismounted.
NEXT-GENERATION MANUFACTURING PLATFORM FOR AEROSPACE COMPOSITES
Aviation parts made of composite material are 'near net shape' products. This means that they need only one final post-processing step (deburring, drilling, etc.) before having the targeted functionality or before they can be assembled. However, because of the very specific nature of composites, this is still an expensive and complicated operation. Besides, so far research into this field always focused on only one aspect, making progress slow.
The purpose of this research project, which runs from 1 February 2016 up to 31 January 2018, is developing an integrated platform for the cost-efficient post-processing of aviation components. Such approach should reduce the time needed for production and quality control and lower production costs. Process strategy, tools and method will be streamlined.