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Good news on Titanium production costs and methods(5 posts)

Good news on Titanium production costs and methodsMe Dot Org
Dec 22, 2001 2:15 PM
According to the Christmas Issue of Cycling + (page 94) a new process of titanium production (called the Cambridge FFC process) promises to reduce costs by as much as 75%.

The new process greatly reduces the toxic byproducts associated with current production methods, and has the potential to produce greater varieties of titanium alloys.

While this will not change the labor involved in creating custom frames in a shop, it certainly is promising. The article even speculates that it may be possible "to take advantage of an unusual property of titanium - self welding. Joints can be made by holding two accurately shaped pieces together at hight pressure and heating them."

Trial production has begun at Great Britain's Ministry of Defence centre at Farborough.

Given the costs involved in military applications, you'd better believe serious R&D money will be given to this process.
re: ... but into who's pocket will it flow???Akirasho
Dec 22, 2001 2:38 PM
... wow, can you imagine a complete Ultegra Based Litespeed Ultimate for $1500 USD??? NAH!!!

Still, it might be interesting to see what "new" alloys might crop into bicycle frame and component construction if all bides well... and how soon that might happen (aluminium alloys and metal matrices never quite took off as expected (after 25 years, Cannondale is going to a "new" alloy for it's upcomming CAAD7)).

On the other hand... a few years back... I saw a Huffy with a decal that said "Titanium Steel" (what the fu...???!!???)... Despite the Airborne connection... you WOULD see a Ti Huffy (or Schwinn/GT/Pacific) if the price were right...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
WOW!!! Between this news and the Segwaycyclinseth
Dec 22, 2001 7:59 PM
I haven't heard this much possitive news in a long time. I think that any progression that reduces toxic waste AND cost to the public has to be a good thing. And as to who's pockets will this new development line? Well, the USA's Military Industrial Complex's pockets, that's who.
Alright!Leisure
Dec 25, 2001 12:04 AM
self-weldingnfm-
Dec 25, 2001 12:13 PM
yeah!