Superplastic Forming Presses

Complex Shaped Component Solutions using Superplastic Forming Presses

Macrodyne manufactures a line of innovative heavy duty, high quality superplastic forming presses for titanium, aluminium and nickel alloy aerospace components. Our superplastic forming presses produce a wide array of large precision components that feature a superior surface finish free from residual stresses and are most commonly used for the production of large components for the aerospace industry.

Bed Size

48" x 43"

Daylight

36"

Stroke

30"

Installed Power

15 HP

Bed Size

Daylight

Stroke

Installed Power

Complex Shaped Component Solutions using Superplastic Forming Presses

Macrodyne manufactures a line of innovative heavy duty, high quality superplastic forming presses for titanium, aluminium and nickel alloy aerospace components. Our superplastic forming presses produce a wide array of large precision components that feature a superior surface finish free from residual stresses and are most commonly used for the production of large components for the aerospace industry.

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SPF Time Reduction with OESPF

Macrodyne and AEM are collaborating to integrate gas oscillation technology into Macrodyne’s superplastic forming presses, to significantly improve the formability of various metallic alloys.

 

Oscillation Enhanced Superplastic Forming (OESPF) process utilizes gas oscillation technology generated by a Gas Oscillation System. Gas Oscillation System is engineered to generate and transfer minor gas oscillations of various frequencies and amplitudes into a pressurized chamber of a superplastic forming tool. Minor gas oscillations subject the forming material to undergo partial stress relief during each oscillation cycle. Gas oscillations do not oscillate the SPF tool or the press. Experimental research and development program has revealed that the application of a minor superimposing oscillating load onto a monotonically increasing tensile load can lead to a significant improvement in the formability of aluminum alloy 5083 and titanium alloy Ti-6AI-4V sheet. Application of minor oscillating load at specific amplitudes and frequencies can significantly improve A5083 and Ti-6AI-4V alloy elongation, thickness uniformity, and forming speed.

                  

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Process Specific Features Standard on Macrodyne Hydraulic SPF Presses

Standard features of Macrodyne superplastic forming presses include:

  • Precise and uniform multi-zone temperature control
  • Specialized plunger guide arrangements
  • Precision gas management systems
  • High-speed data acquisition systems
  • Highly efficient heat shields & ceramic insulation
  • Heated platens
  • Cooling platens
  • Rolling bolsters
  • Remote diagnostics

Macrodyne Superplastic Forming Press Solutions

Our modern superplastic forming presses feature the same high level of quality present in all Macrodyne hydraulic presses and are capable of both superplastic forming and hot forming (hot sizing) operations. These presses provide the ability to form complex shaped titanium, aluminum and nickel alloy components such as engine blades using inert gas forming at high temperatures up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit.

Accuracy and Repeatability of Argon Gas Pressures Coupled with Multi-Zone Temperature Control

Accurate and repeatable argon gas pressures and multi-zone temperature control are critical elements of a successful superplastic forming operation. These process variables are easily managed using Macrodyne’s proprietary flexible and repeatable superplastic forming press control system. These presses are available in standard configurations or can be customized to suit the Buyer’s specific requirements, regardless of the size or complexity.

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