Advanced Forming Research Centre, National Manufacturing Institute ScotlandFutureForge

Accelerating the future of forging 

FutureForge is a new state of the art manufacturing facility launching soon at the AFRC, featuring the world’s largest research dedicated hot forging platform. 

Perfectly sized for ground-breaking research that is transferable to industry, it provides a fully connected digital environment that will help accelerate a greener and more resource efficient future for forging.

Fostering collaboration with the global forging supply chain, it will help deliver R&D aiming to solve some of the industry's biggest challenges including: 

  • High environmental impact
  • Materials waste 
  • Limited predictability
  • Ageing high capital equipment 

Crucially, it will provide a safe space to explore and test new materials and processes away from the pressure of the production line. 

What's inside: 

  • Hot forging platform including bespoke tri-modal industry demonstrator 
  • Two furnaces - one gas fired and one electric 
  • Bespoke manipulator 
  • Fully connected digital environment 

Funded by:

FutureForge is funded by UK Aerospace Research and Technology Programme (delivered by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Innovate UK and the Aerospace Technology Institute), Scottish Enterprise and the AFRC’s High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult funding.