“Manufacturing is no longer dirt under your fingernails and smoke-filled rooms,” said Nate Ames, Executive Director, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence at The Ohio State University.

This statement in a recent commercial from The Ohio State University focuses on how OSU is revolutionizing manufacturing – and Bond Technologies is thrilled to be a part of pushing manufacturing technology forward.

OSU recently incorporated one of Bond’s Friction Stir Welding research machines into The College of Engineering’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence. OSU expanded its collection of advanced manufacturing equipment with the addition of the 3-Axis RM15 Friction Stir Welder from Bond. OSU is one of several academic institutions in the world to own a Bond friction stir welder capable of performing heavy-duty research and development functions.

Engineering students and those studying manufacturing and emerging technologies are doing a great amount of research when it comes to FSW and its many applications. Pushing the FSW envelope – how it can be applied and what new materials can be forged – is a passion of the Bond Technologies team.

When FSW was first invented in 1991 – just over 20 years ago – there were a handful of industries that adopted the new technology and turned it into a valuable, profitable tool, explained Dave Hofferbert, President of Bond Technologies. An enormous amount of research continues to be done in the world of FSW – and Bond helps move that technology ahead each day.

“To be a part of an emerging technology, and actually be in a position where you get to influence it – that’s a pretty rare thing,” said Hofferbert.

The RM Series machines, such as the 3-Axis RM15 Friction Stir Welder in use at OSU, are Bond’s most popular machines for research and development facilities and universities. The RM machine’s rigid framework and high-torque capabilities make it ideal for welding a wide variety of materials, including aluminum, steel and titanium alloys. Low runout spindles are well suited for extending the life of high strength tools, such as PCBN and tungsten.

There remains so much untapped potential – and to help uncover that potential, Bond Technologies works to foster close relationships within the research community. FSW machines from the Bond team, like the RM7 and RM10, are used for research and development purposes by not only The Ohio State University, but also University of Alabama, University of Michigan, Brigham Young University, The Welding Institute (TWI), and many others throughout the world.

Contact Bond’s team today for more information about incorporating an RM Series machine into your Research & Development team’s efforts.