The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao sheathed in titanium (Image: E. Goergen via Wikimedia Commons)
Schematic of titanium pipes being formed
A titanium spork (Image: Wtshymanski via Wikimedia Commons)
Titanium block (Image: Alchemist-hp via Wikimedia Commons)
Titanium is a tremendously useful metal and very abundant, yet only 186,000 tonnes (205,030 tons) of it are produced a year and it’s not used very much outside of the aerospace field because it’s so expensive and difficult to forge. To correct this, a team led by André Albert at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering in partnership with Thin Films (IST) in Braunschweig, Germany have developed a new process for hydroforming titanium at high temperatures in a single step that promises to make titanium more of an everyday material.
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