Thinfilm Friction – from liquid phase
Today’s classical friction materials including compounds for clutch facings are being produced by mixing raw materials of usually powdery consistence. The next steps bring structure to the mixes while applying significant pressure and temperature to adhere the friction material to a given metal support during the industrial manufacturing process. To yield finished products, these semi-finished products need to be hardened and ground what requires highly technically demanding presses and tools and define the factory costs significantly. This traditional manufacturing process additionally requires several heating and cooling cycles that make for a highly energy demanding manufacturing process.
The just mentioned process requirements have a significant influence on the development of products, the manufacturing cost of prototypes, the minimum lot size, the total cost of the goods and the time to market. They may also influence the technical capability of the finished goods. At this specific point our concept takes position and shall be applied in the sectors automotive, industrial, wearables and prototypes. In particular in the field of prototyping, the product shows extremely large disruptive potential due to its mould-free capability. Above and beyond the possibility to manufacture lot size 1, while applying no-mould technology, may lead to significant improvements, especially in costs.
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