Flowforming Offers Cost Savings for Titanium Components
Titanium alloys continue to be vital for many important defense and aerospace systems but high cost and long delivery times are major factors limiting titanium alloy usage. Offering substantial economical benefits, flowforming is becoming more widely embraced as the manufacturing process of choice in the fabrication of difficult-to-produce thin wall, cylindrical components. Flowforming is often used as a net-shape process, requiring less material to make a part and reducing the costs associated with secondary machining operations. Advanced materials such as titanium alloys are often solely available in forged bar or billet and now can be successfully flowformed into precision tubular parts. Seamless components with high length to diameter ratios, up to 50 to 1, realize the greatest cost savings through the flowforming manufacturing process. To read the full article, click here.