Explosively bonded metals can be used as weldable transitions between two dissimilar metals. This application allows designers and fabricators to apply specific materials to the location or function that they are best suited for without having to make the entire structure out of one of the metals, thereby limiting the design’s potential. The most common application of this technique is to directly weld high-strength, stainless steel action parts onto aluminum structures.
Explosive-forming has many benefits employs lower tooling costs and uses stamping type applications which only require a one-sided tooling die. Explosive energy can be transmitted differently across the part, in order to concentrate force onto specific forming features. It has a large size capability and is suited to difficult configurations.