Technology Roadmap “Nanotechnology Applications in Development of Highly Efficient Machining Tools”

The Roadmap “Nanotechnology Applications in Development of Highly Efficient Machining Tools” is a summary document describing the multi-layer system of strategic development of the subject matter within a common timescale and showing parameters that reflect economic efficiency of leading-edge technologies and products characterized by a high demand potential and attractive consumer properties. The Roadmap is prepared on the basis of expert opinions as well as reviews of Russian and foreign statistical and analytic materials.

In the last thirty years, requirements to machining operations have undergone noticeable changes. The share of hard-to-machine materials in the engineering industry, which is the major consumer of machining tools, has grown up from 10% to 80%. Machining quality and performance standards have also toughened. These factors generate the raising need for advanced machining tools with improved performance properties. In this respect, it is the nanotechnology-based tools that would help solving most of the technical problems faced by the industry.

The Roadmap referred to in this Summary describes the structure of demand for machining tools and identifies the most promising markets where such tools could be applied. The Roadmap gives an assessment of nanotechnology capabilities required to provide machining tools with the most wanted consumer properties which would allow such tools to achieve the leading market position. The Roadmap forecast horizon is up to 2020.

Description of roadmap’s structure

The Roadmap visualization includes seven major layers (see Figure):

  1. Main types of materials used to fabricate machining tools
  2. Main engineering problems related to production of high performance machining tools
  3. The most promising types of machining tools fabricated by nanotechnology methods
  4. Areas of application and market perspectives of machining tools innovations. Forecast of volume and growth rates of the key market segments
  5. Alternative technologies reducing the need for machining operations, their pros and cons
  6. Forecast of the most wanted consumer properties of machining tools fabricated by nanotechnology methods
  7. Main risks and limitations for the machining tools fabrication industry

The Roadmap visualization illustrates the correlations between the tool materials, the major fabrication trends which the machining tools development depends on, and the most promising products and their respective market shares. The Roadmap also shows the forecast of machining tools consumption by the largest industries.

Figure: Roadmap Structure