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Explosive Forming

Shaping with Explosives


The shock waves from an explosive detonation are transferred to a component and reform even highly stable material in fractions of a second. We have known about explosion molding for more than 100 years but its application was limited almost exclusively to the field of air and space travel. The technique is becoming increasingly important for designers given the advantages it offers in manufacturing complex molded parts, including undercutting. As the molding force is not limited by the size of the press as in the deep-drawing technique there is almost no limit to the maximum size of the component. And thus molded parts with thicknesses of up to 60 millimeters and a maximum size of 10 x 2 square meters can be made from stainless steel, aluminum, titan and nickel.



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