Using Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) with AHSS does present some technical hurdles. AHSS are sensitive to heat inputs of GMAW and can potentially suffer from microstructure changes and reductions in mechanical properties. It's a problem made all the worse in the down-gauged sheet made possible by AHSS strength. In his GDIS presentation, Ford's Elliott outlined some of the company's ongoing work to optimize GMAW process variables and weld-line geometry. For example, he identified a number of variables that can increase fatigue life of a lap-welding joint between a 3.4 mm AHSS (DP 600) and a 3.8 mm mild steel. Among the variables are decreasing wire feed speed and travel speed while increasing torch angle, push angle and the contact-to-work-distance.
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
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