Hybrid Joining, combining adhesive bonding and mechanical joining, is highly requested wheremulti material designs are to be used. Efficient production for the future requires an overall perspective and a high level of flexibility and automation. Joining today is more or less treated as separate processes with separate disciplines for adhesive bonding, assembly, and mechanical joining or welding operations.
The Hybrid Joining Testbed for Smart Production applied for in Production 2030 therefore focuses on the smart factory’s ability to create flexible production with simulation and programming in a digital twin combining the latest technology for adhesive application, assembly and mechanical joining, rheological based simulation and automated collision free path planning. Today there are very limited possibilities to run tests that cover several of these disciplines and a whole process chain in a controlled w ay. A Hybrid Joining Cell (HJC) with these possibilities and which also includes the effects from pretreatment and painting and the thermal effects in the paint shop oven curing on the hybrid joints and final product geometry will be a very important platform to evaluate new material combinations and new process strategies that can increase the competitiveness of Swedish industry
The project will enable joining of new advanced materials by developing a new methodology for weldbonding:
This project intends to design and develop a new test methodology for evaluation of power flowability in powder bed fusion (PBF) systems. The test apparatus will simulate powder flow in PBF machines and can be used for optimizing the powder layering behavior for potential utilization of alternative powder qualities. Additionally, this equipment creates opportunities for both powder producers and AM part manufacturers to minimize powder waste and maximize material utilization.