FRIEL, R.J. and HARRIS, R.A., 2013. Ultrasonic additive manufacturing - a hybrid production process for novel functional products. The Seventeenth CIRP Conference on Electro Physical and Chemical Machining (ISEM): Procedia CIRP, 6, pp.35-40.
Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM), or Ultrasonic Consolidation as it is also referred, is a hybrid form of manufacture,
primarily for metal components. The unique nature of the process permits extremely novel functionality to be realised such as
multi-material structures with embedded componentry. UAM has been subject to research and investigation at Loughborough
University since 2001. This paper introduces UAM then details a number of key findings in a number of areas that have been of
particular focus at Loughborough in recent years. These include; the influence of pre-process material texture on interlaminar
bonding, secure fibre positioning through laser machined channels, and freeform electrical circuitry integration.
This paper was published as Open Access by Elsevier under a CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0 licence.