Metal Forming Laboratory was established on December 2006. This laboratory was founded by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ahmad Baharuddin Abdullah at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Campus, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). The laboratory is initiated to facilitate the study various metal forming processes and tool/die design.


At the moment, the Metal Forming Lab is focusing on the following research areas;

1. Tooling design - optimal design of optimal tool and die, for example puncher design for holes punching on composite panel.

2. Geometrical defect using FEA and experimental - deep drawing part defects, springback behavior and die wear.

3. Green manufacturing - automotive part weight reduction via non-uniform thickness and tailor welded blank.


Currently there are three PhD and two MSc students actively doing research and to date the lab has produced 1 PhD and 2 MSc graduates. Metal Forming Laboratory is currently managed by two key researchers and two technical staff. Within 10 years, various research grants at university and national level have been obtained worth RM750,000.00 and more than 150 research articles have been published.