Although the installation is complete, TWI and its members haven’t been left on their own. Dinesh and his team will continue following up to make improvements to the bespoke system, as well as provide servicing and other support.
“It’s not just about the machine,” he says. “It’s about the technology too – and helping the customer take it to the next level.”
While it’s impossible to predict all the possibilities that the TKF1000 will unlock for TWI and aerospace R&D, the all-in-one program (which runs both the robot and control system) will certainly help make building with cold spray easier than ever before – especially as in the past the robot and control system were run separately.
TWI and its members will also be able to create simpler geometries, while fusing dissimilar materials to make new multi-metal parts. At the same time, the TKF1000 will provide a better working space for additive tool manufacturing, as well as more detailed data for improving processes.
“All of us at Titomic are curious to see how TWI and its members will push boundaries with this technology – such as working with titanium to unlock the future of aerospace,” Dinesh says.
“Before, we were just validating the technology, so to be able to now justify that in a commercial setting is invaluable – and really exciting.”