Cryogenic Machining Honored
There’s a lot of innovation represented in Frost & Sullivan’s 2013 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Nestled in the “Game Changing Technology” category you’ll find Nanocomp’s carbon nanotube materials and 3D printing service provider In’Tech Industries, along with MAG IAS, which has developed a cryogenic machining process.
MAG licensed some of its cryogenic technology from Air Products last year, although the company first demonstrated a system back in 2010. According to the company, the process enables higher cutting speeds and longer tool life by transmitting liquid nitrogen at -321°F through the tool body and directly to the cutting edge. The technology is targeted at difficult materials like titanium, composites, and nickel-based alloys.
The process has already been approved for roughing titanium components on the F-35 stealth fighter.
You can see a demo below.
Source: MAG IAS