Forming and preforming processes
The theme of manufacturing processes discussed at IRT Jules Verne concerns primarily those based on metal and composite materials. In both cases, IRT’s role is to assist with the translation and transfer of process innovations to the industrial world.
Such process translation and transfer are based on a two-way design approach in which manufacturing constraints are especially closely studied and translated into business rules for product designers. In the case of process innovations developed through “technology push”, the reverse approach is deployed and adapted to take account of any product constraints and of the target markets.
IRT Jules Verne views hybridization of mature elementary forming and preforming processes as one of the pathways having the greatest potential in the short and medium terms. Such hybridization must also contribute to enhanced flexibility of manufacturing tools.