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Non-traditional manufacturing technologies and processes

The non-traditional manufacturing technologies include all electro-physical and electro-chemical processes and all hybrid processes and new processes developed for the needs of modern manufacturing.

Processes and technologies

These include but not limited to the following processes and technologies:

  • electro-discharge machining,
  • electrochemical machining,
  • laser technologies,
  • vibration machining of brittle materials,
  • abrasive flow machining,
  • electroforming,
  • diamond machining,
  • ultrasonic machining and many more. 

Requirements

All these technologies require:

  1. a carrier such as a machine (mechanical equipment),
  2. media for the process like electrolyte, dielectric, abrasive media, special tooling (e.g. single crystal diamond),
  3. super-fast electronics with challenging technical parameters (Over Current protection system triggering within few nanoseconds, Pulsed power supplies giving 20V, 10A for 50 ns etc.),
  4. control systems
  5. and/or adaptive control logics depending on the process and application.

Prototypes of our µECM machines

 Prototype One at SONPLAS GmbH for the needs of BMW Prototype One at SONPLAS GmbH for the needs of BMW
 Prototype Two at Brunel University London for research purposes. 3 UK companies interested in starting production of the machine. Prototype Two at Brunel University London for research purposes. 3 UK companies interested in starting production of the machine.