Advanced machining for improved profitability
Thermally assisted machining (TAM) is a subtractive machining method developed at CSIRO for titanium alloys.
During the TAM process, a laser beam scans the workpiece ahead of the cutting tool, heating and thus softening the workpiece.
This results in lower forces being experienced by the tool which, in turn, allows for greater tool velocities and/or greater depth of cut (increased productivity) and improved tool life. This process, developed in association with a major aerospace supplier, is now available for licensing.