Manufacturing Industries occupy a unique position in the society for the production of both basic home utilities and modern appliances. Different manufacturing processes are employed for the fabrication of engineering commodities. Some of the conventional manufacturing processes include milling, moulding, welding, grinding, forging, machining, casting, forming. Wastages of resources, man-hour and capital often characterised most of the conventional manufacturing process. However, the technological improvement over the years brought about the sustainability of most of the manufacturing processes. This study presents Laser Beam Forming (LBF) as a sustainable manufacturing technique. LBF is one of the modern technology approaches of addressing some of the challenges in the modern manufacturing systems and complexity associated with the industrial sector. There are overwhelming advantages of LBF when compared to the traditional forming and bending technique, some of which includes minimum spring back effect, non-contact method developed for shaping metallic, plastic and composite materials. Forming is achieved without forces, presses and shaping dies providing a more friendly environment.
Akinlabi, S., & Akinlabi, E. (2018). Laser Beam Forming: A Sustainable Manufacturing Process. In Procedia Manufacturing (Vol. 21, pp. 76–83). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.promfg.2018.02.097