Most areas of manufacturing have had steady paces of technological innovation over the past 50 years. Material assembly and material joining is one area, however, that has not kept pace. It is one of the few segments of manufacturing that has advanced slowly, if at all, relying on just a handful of assembly techniques for decades. Luckily, new material assembly techniques have begun to crop up in recent years, giving the sector a much-needed infusion of innovation. Conventional wisdom assumes that when assembling materials there are only five fastening methods, but smart manufacturers are increasingly turning to a sixth method called wire stitching. Each method has its own pros and cons. Let’s begin with the “conventional” five:
4Welding and brazing require the material to be brought to a very high temperature, which risks damaging, or at a minimum, severely marring, the substrates involved. There are also severe limitations to the type of materials that can be welded or brazed.