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Tom Budd-Design and MS show-2Tom Budd, MTI Friction Welding Solutions Manager, poses in the MTI booth at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, California

More companies than ever now understand the benefits of Friction Welding, thanks to MTI's recent appearance at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show.

The event in Anaheim, California attracted more than 21,000 manufacturing experts from all over the world.

At its booth, MTI showed off the latest advancements in Friction Welding, which processes include Low-Force, Rotary, Linear and Friction Stir Welding.

"A lot of people who came up to our booth were really blown away by this technology and how we have advanced it over the years," said Tom Budd, who attended the show and serves as MTI's Friction Welding Solutions Manager. "I really enjoy attending shows like this because it helps put MTI's hard work on display and serves as a great learning tool."

MTI typically answers three main questions when it exhibits at trade shows:

  • How does Friction Welding work?
  • Can friction welding join dissimilar metals?
  • Does MTI build machines or produce friction-welded parts?


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Friction Welding is a solid-state joining process. It uses heat developed between surfaces through a combination of a mechanically induced rubbing motion and applied load. The resulting joint is of forged quality. Under normal conditions, the faying surfaces do not melt. Filler metal, flux and shielding gas are not required with Friction Welding.


A big reason manufacturers switch to Friction Welding is because the process allows for the joining of dissimilar metals. For our automotive and aerospace customers, using bimetallics often leads to lower costs because non-critical portions of parts can be swapped out with more cost-effective materials. Customers may also choose to join dissimilar metals because it could help bring down the overall weight of a part.

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Some of the more common bi-metallic combinations include:

  • Steel to Aluminum
  • Copper to Aluminum
  • Aluminum to Brass


We do both! Our skilled team of engineers can design and build friction welding machines to fit needs across a variety of industries. Whether your part requires a rotary, linear or low-force machine, MTI can help transform your idea into a high-tech, state-of-the-art addition to your production floor.

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Don't have the volume to justify building your own machine? MTI's Manufacturing Services division offers contract friction welding; we'll weld your parts for you on MTI-built machines. MTI can even handle your entire project from researching and ordering the material to sending your finished part to our in-house metallurgical lab, where our chief metallurgist can offer suggestions to improve overall strength and quality.

MTI plans to share more friction welding knowledge at the several trade shows it plans to attend in 2019, including:

If you plan to attend any of these shows, stop by the MTI booth to learn how Friction Welding could add value to your manufacturing processes. 

For more information on MTI and its family of world-class friction welding technologies, visit www.mtiwelding.com.

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