Single point incremental forming: An assessment of the progress and technology trends from 2005 to 2015

Amar Kumar Behera*, Ricardo Alves de Sousa, Giuseppe Ingarao, Valentin Oleksik

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The last decade has seen considerable interest in flexible forming processes. Among the upcoming flexible forming techniques, one that has captured a lot of interest is single point incremental forming (SPIF), where a flat sheet is incrementally deformed into a desired shape by the action of a tool that follows a defined toolpath conforming to the final part geometry. Research on SPIF in the last ten years has focused on defining the limits of this process, understanding the deformation mechanics and material behaviour and extending the process limits using various strategies. This paper captures the developments that have taken place over the last decade in academia and industry to highlight the current state of the art in this field. The use of different hardware platforms, forming mechanics, failure mechanism, estimation of forces, use of toolpath and tooling strategies, development of process planning tools, simulation of the process, aspects of sustainable manufacture and current and future applications are individually tracked to outline the current state of this process and provide a roadmap for future work on this process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-62
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Applications
  • Formability
  • Geometric accuracy
  • Incremental forming
  • Process limits
  • Technology assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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