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Bond Technologies RM15 Friction Stir Welder

photo of Bond Technologies RM15 Friction Stir Weld at Ohio State's CDME

The College of Engineering's Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence recently expanded its collection of advanced manufacturing equipment with the addition of the 3-Axis RM15 Friction Stir Welder from Bond Technologies.

The Ohio State University is one of only a few academic institutions in the world to own a friction stir welder capable of performing heavy-duty research and development functions. It is designed to friction weld aluminum, titanium, copper, steel, and other alloys.

The RM15 includes some of the most advanced mechanical design features, as well as high-speed data acquisition capability for collection, storage, and reporting of weld results. It is capable of joining metals that are thicker in nature and require the unique welding technology offered by this research machine. The RM15 features low runout spindles, which are ideal for the processing of PCBN and Tungsten tools.

X-Axis
Stroke 20000mm
Max velocity 3000mm/min
Max force 50kN
Y-Axis
Stroke 500mm
Max velocity 3000mm/min
Max rapid travel velocity 4500mm/min
Max force 50kN
Z-Axis
Stroke 600mm
Max velocity 1000mm/min
Max force 150kN
Spindle
Speed range 0-1500 RPM
Torque

1240 n-m 50-300 RPM

39 kW contant power from 300 to 1500 RPM

30kW motor

Applications* currently benefiting from friction stir welding, a relatively new form of advanced manufacturing are:

  • electronics cooling (automative industry)
  • fuel tanks
  • sputtering discs
  • axle assemblies
  • half shafts
  • conductor rails
  • coil joining
  • deck plate joining

* Research Machine (RM) The most popular machine for research and development. Retrieved from Bond Technologies

photo of Bond Technologies RM15 Friction Stir Weld at Ohio State's CDMEphoto of Bond Technologies RM15 Friction Stir Weld at Ohio State's CDMEphoto of Bond Technologies RM15 Friction Stir Weld at Ohio State's CDME