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Deakin Research

Institute for Frontier Materials


Graphene coatings make steel corrosion-resistant

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Miracle fuel

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Deakin showcases 3D sheet metal forming at Numisheet 2014

Deakin's Professor Jeong Whan Yoon chaired the organising committee for Numisheet 2014.

Master of his destiny

Deakin right fit for (auto)motivated Mohan Setty.

Sheet Metal Stamping Facilities

Stamping wear test facility

An image of the Stamping wear test facility
The stamping wear test facility accurately replicates industrial sheet metal stamping processes in a controlled laboratory environment. This unique semi-industrial equipment - which has only one other equivalent in the world - can provide accurate wear behaviour and tool life performance for a virtually limitless number of combinations of sheet metal, tool material, surface treatment, coatings and lubricants. In combination with numerical analysis, the wear data can also be used to inform and develop wear models and predictions tools.


  • Single-action mechanical press, 33 strokes per minute, 125T max. tonnage.
  • Automatic sheet/coil feeding system, automatic sheet lubrication system.
  • Adjustable blank holder force via gas springs (max. 40kN).
  • Removable die corner inserts and a variable height punch allowing a variety of channel-shaped components to be stamped.
  • Sheet materials: 1mm to 2.2mm thickness, mild steel to ultra high strength steel, aluminium.

The AutoGrid® Compact system

An image of the The AutoGrid® Compact system
The AutoGrid® Compact systems allows fast, accurate and portable investigation of stamped components in the laboratory and in the press shop. This hand-held system can be used to measure surface strain and geometry of formed components, providing a valuable tool for diagnosing formability and springback issues, assuring component quality, and for the correlation of numerical stamping simulations.


  • 4 x high resolution CCD cameras, 5.7 million pixels per snapshot.
  • Use of 2mm square grid (can be etched, painted, etc.).
  • Analysis of up to 0.5 x 0.4m area per shot with fast stitching for analysis of larger whole components.

3D laser scanner EXAscan

An image of the 3D laser scanner EXAscan
The EXAscan laser scanner allows the scanning and measurement of formed components in a laboratory environment and at the shop floor. The system is majorly used for the measurement of roll formed components to investigate shape and forming defects.


  • Geomagic Qualify software for the easy evaluation of the scanned model and the comparison with CAD model data.
  • Up to 40µm accuracy.
  • 25,000 measures/s.

Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

27th February 2015