Introduction

CNC machining has revolutionised the way that parts are cut from blanks, through precise but flexible material removal.  In contrast, forming processes largely remain inflexible due to their dependence on part-specific tooling.  Is it possible to bring the benefits of CNC machining to forming operations?

Our research in this area aims to develop new machines that achieve CNC forming.  We already have several working devices, and as well as seeking to improve them, we have found that their mechanics are different from conventional processes giving improved performance:

Follow the links on the left to find out more about our current projects.