Technological innovation in the defense industry has become a strategic, distinguishing factor for manufacturers and governments. This is an industry that requires high safety standards due to the manufacturing complexity of many of its components. Thus, Defense requires solutions from the automotive, aeronautical, space and naval industrial sectors, or develops them in parallel, and of course dedicates resources to the field of weapons.
Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) technology has achieved widespread use in the defense sector because of the need to produce complex, high-density, low-porosity parts, lower costs with shorter cycles and the increasing demand to combine HIP with other heat treatment or Additive Manufacturing processes.
HIP applications in Defense: parts, materials and techniques
In the defense industry, the production of metal parts with complex shapes and dimensions using traditional manufacturing techniques is very complex. The use of HIP technology, combined with other manufacturing processes, makes it possible to create parts that meet the highest quality standards in the industry while being more functional, lighter and more economical to produce.
The use of HIP technology combined with Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques for parts used in defense is an ideal process to improve the level of efficiency of its components regarding innovation, quality and safety. The range of defense sector parts developed with additive manufacturing is expected to increase in the coming years thanks to unstoppable developments in materials and process research and development.
The defense industry uses all kinds of solutions adapted to its strategic duties, such as equipment for civil protection, transport and military or armed combat. These solutions, which in most cases remain unknown due to their confidential nature, are usually awarded to leading companies in their sector.
MAIN BENEFITS OF USING HIP TECHNOLOGY
The main benefits of using the HIP for parts in the Defense sector are as follows:
Improves material properties and performance:
- Reliability of parts and longer useful life
- Increased strength and durability of components
More efficient production in manufacturing processes:
- Cost reduction in the production of parts