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Forging ahead with the AFRC at NMIS: an introduction to forging and incremental forming technologies

In this webinar, you will hear from key members of the forging and incremental technologies (FIT) team at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), one of the specialist technology centres in the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).  Our experts will take you through the forging, incremental and modelling capabilities the centre has to offer.  Tap into the vast expertise and technical capabilities at the AFRC whilst also hearing about our current research and the benefits we can offer to companies such as yours.

Forging and incremental forming technologies such as flow forming, shear forming and radial forging are manufacturing methods of choice for high integrity products such as aerospace discs and pressure vessels, which must be strong, durable and safe.  There is an increasing demand for these products to be lightweight and made using more sustainable methods.  NMIS is at the forefront of these technologies.

This webinar will be of interest to anyone working in the metal industry regardless of company size and cuts across numerous high-value manufacturing sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and rail. 


Gerard joined the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) in 2015, following employment at aerospace gas turbine manufacturer, Rolls-Royce.  

Gerard is a Manufacturing Engineer in the forging and incremental technologies team and is responsible for the delivery of research projects in the field of incremental metal forming (flow forming, metal spinning, shear forming and radial forging). 

He has practical experience in evaluating existing customer manufacturing processes and developing alternative manufacturing routes which utilise the AFRC’s forming techniques to meet customer requirements.

Javad joined the Advanced Forming Research Centre in 2015 and is a Senior Process Modeller in the forging and incremental technologies team. Javad's main area of expertise is manufacturing process simulation with a focus in forging. 

His PhD studies at Loughborough University was in formability of metals and incremental forming processes.

Mark is a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC), delivering academic research to the UK supply chain.  He joined the AFRC from the University of Strathclyde’s National Centre for Prosthetics and Orthotics in 2013 following a successful research project in design and manufacture of support systems.

Since joining, Mark has become a respected member of the forging community, delivering some of the AFRC’s most influential projects.  Working in collaboration with UK companies from SMEs to OEMs, Mark has an established record in sectors ideally placed for the Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) forge adoption.

With an extensive track record in precision forging in aerospace and automotive sectors amongst others, Mark will be the technical lead for the HIP-Forge program.  In recent years Mark has worked closely with the forging community to establish a development path for growth in the UK suppliers; it is this knowledge that will bring experience in nickel super alloys, high strength steels and titanium properties, as well as an understanding of forging process parameters.

As part of his role, Mark will ensure that the HIP-Forge project is disseminated amongst the UK supply chain, maximising exploitation where possible and aligning project outcomes directly to the demands of the UK industry.

May is a Manufacturing Engineer in the forging and incremental technologies team at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).  As the leading engineer in shear and spin forming, she has been responsible for developing the centre’s capability in this area through delivery of a number of large-scale collaborative and directly funded research programmes primarily within the aerospace sector.

May joined the AFRC in 2012 as an intern while completing an Honours degree in Product Design and Innovation at the University of Strathclyde, before progressing to a full-time role after she graduated in 2014.

May has considerable knowledge and practical experience of design and development of manufacturing methods for new generation shear / spin formed aerospace components. She has a strong focus on process understanding and optimisation from raw material through to final part validation.  May plays a key role in collaboration between the AFRC, key customers and their manufacturing supply chain to ensure effective knowledge exchange and research impact.

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Dates & Venues

DateThursday 10 September
Duration11.30 - 12.30