High-value structural parts, require lest material, labor, and time in production
In the 1990s, while working as a Grumman Aerospace consultant and Professor of Manufacturing Technology, Joseph Mele led the development of a new near-net-shape forming technology, called MELEFORM.
The press is built on a compact base structure, with one hydraulic cylinder on a carriage structure, to supply power for pulling and pushing a die through the press. An indexing mechanism that is part of the cylinder allows for the press to produce longer parts, such as airframe structures.
“The Meleform Flo-Forge production is capable of producing parts of various sizes to net shape,” according to Mele. Because parts are produced to near-net shape, finish machining is not necessary.
“I am confident that this new technology is simply waiting for an interested partner for continued development,” according to Mele.
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