Improved Forging Tooling
Parts requiring large forging dies, such as landing gear bought by DLA Aviation and the military services, can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and lead-times in excess of six months. Extending die life can therefore provide shorter lead times and substantial cost savings to DLA.
Project: Innovations in Repair of Forging Dies
Develop and implement in production cutting edge laser welding and cladding technologies to repair, upgrade and extend the life of forging dies.
Novel, laser-based cladding repair of tooling that offers new opportunities to repair and extend forging die life.