Grinding and surface finishing operations can account for 20-25 per cent of expenditure on all machining operations. Many components are primarily machined using these techniques, while others rely on such processes for final accuracy and precision.

The AMRC with Boeing’s grinding and surface finishing team has the capabilities and expertise to improve performance and quality across the range of grinding operations – including stock removal; form and finishing grinding; and component surface finishing.

Our research capabilities cover key technologies and techniques in both grinding and surface finishing.

Our current research areas in grinding include:

  • Cost modelling
  • Environmental
  • Hardware development
  • Manufacturing optimisation
  • Quality
  • Training and support

Current research in surface finishing includes:

  • Mass finishing
  • Surface finishing and blending
  • Deburring
  • Mechanical edge profiling

Key machining resources include:

  • Blohm Profimat MC607 five-axis grinding machine
  • Makino A100e five-axis grinding machine
  • Mori-Seiki NT4250 mill-turn-grind machine
  • Mori-Seiki NMV8000 five-axis mill-turn-grind machine
  • Studer S41 universal cylindrical grinding machine
  • Makino G7 five-axis grinding machine
  • Hofler Rapid 1250 XL gear profile grinding machine
  • Rosler drag finishing and vibratory bowl
  • DMG Sauer Ultrasonic 10
  • DMG laser tech ultrasonic

For more information, please contact: 

Dr David Curtis – technical fellow

d.curtis@amrc.co.uk