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Superforming light weight and strength into vehicle structures


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Superforming goes boldly beyond conventional sheet metal forming, enabling highly complex components using similar principles to vacuum forming. Originating in aerospace, now impacting on advanced automotive and rail design.

Date and Time

29 June 2018 - 12:00-15:30


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the UK - London local network.

About this event

Superforming is a sheet metal forming process that uses heat and gas pressure, where a sheet of material is forced onto a male or female form. The process is useful for producing complex surfaces. The superforming process varies mostly in the way that the metal is introduced to the form; the variations in the process and the different materials used will be explained.

Andy Hares will introduce the process, giving a brief history of its development and early applications in the aerospace industry, leading to a diverse range of applications and now breaking ground in the body structure of the latest generation of supercars.

Speaker Bio

Andy Hares, Chief Engineer of Superform UK is a graduate of Imperial College and has had extensive experience in the company’s primary business of Superforming products in aluminium alloy sheet.


Cosgrove Close


11:30/11:40 Arrival: - sign in at the Faraday reception desk for IET building security.

12:00 to 13:45 – lunch.

13:45 Sign in for attendance at lecture.  Note this is required for IET attendance records purposes and is separate from the Faraday signing in procedure.

14:00 to 14:45/15:00 – lecture note the lecture starts promptly

14:45/15:00 to 15:30 approximately – questions and discussion

15:30 Optional tea/coffee in the Faraday centre.  Note you must sign in at the Faraday reception desk

Reasons to attend

To understand the Superforming process and the materials used. An essential event for all who may wish to utilise this process in the manufacture of sheet metal engineering components.

Continuing Professional Development

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This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.

Additional information

Attendees will have the opportunity to pre book a lunch at Savoy Place.  The cost for a two course meal with wine is £16.95.  It is ESSENTIAL to pre book lunch.

Registration information

Those wishing to attend are asked to send an e-mail by the preceding Monday, giving name(s), and requesting attendance at the lunch and lecture or just the lecture, and in the case of lunch, giving any dietary restrictions.  The e-mail should be sent to both johnfuller500@yahoo.com and tonydavies@ieee.org please note the triple 'e' in the Tony's address, with the subject line (“Superforming light weight and strength into vehicle structures Friday 29 June 2018 Friday Lunch and Lecture”). No acknowledgement will be sent unless specifically requested.

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