Standing within a couple of metres of a hot press might sound daunting to some people, but it really isn’t. Everything has been designed in a way to make the process safe and efficient
Steve Mercer, Hot Form Press Operator
Bend it, shape it
Parts begin life as a number of titanium sheets and undergo a series of processes and treatments including being heated to their super plastic state (which happens at approximately 950 degrees Celsius) in a hot press. This is done without losing any of the original properties of the material ensuring that they are capable of enduring the harshest conditions in the sky.
Standing within a couple of metres of a hot press might sound daunting to some people, but it really isn’t. Everything has been designed in a way to make the process safe and efficient.
Space age attire
The shiny surface reflects radiated heat and infra-red radiation away from the garment, keeping the outer surface cool. The fibre itself is a very poor conductor of heat meaning that just two layers of 4mm fabric offer the same insulating properties as 100mm of traditional glass/wool cloth. It’s also a very strong fabric, weighing 30% less than glass/wool alternatives and it’s been successfully proven in environments in excess of 1400 degrees Celsius.