Surface hardening of freeform surfaces; Algorithms for optimized toolpath generation for surface hardnening
Project start: Apr 2017
Project end: Mar 2019
This project is developing new methods and tools to improve the performance of mechanical surface peening of forming tools. Mechanical surface peening is a metal forming process for mechanical surface treatment. The tool moves over the workpiece along defined toolpaths and repeatedly beats the surface. This process smooths the surface, introduces material hardening and induces pressure against internal stresses. The main challenge is to define efficient operating and process parameters to achieve the desired surface properties. ModuleWorks is developing new toolpath strategies for mechanical surface peening that incorporate the relevant operating and process parameters.