Finished parts in record time
Incremental sheet metal forming is a forming process for manufacturing complex components in small quantities. In comparison to conventional drawing methods, complex tools can be dispensed. This reduces tool costs and the time required to achieve the first finished part. These advantages predestine incremental sheet metal forming for number of pieces in the range of 1 to 1,000 parts.
The process variants used at Fraunhofer IWU make it possible to achieve significantly higher natural strains compared to conventional methods.
At Fraunhofer IWU several methods are available for incremental manufacturing of sheet metal parts. The term “incremental“ already describes that the final shape is produced by several successive movements. In detail, these movements are carried out by a forming stylus. The latter is moved along one CNC path or along several consecutive CNC paths. The part geometry itself can be directly influenced by the programmed path.