Numerous manufacturing processes use the controlled addition, removal, or generation of heat to improve manufacturing performance. This is important for processing advanced difficult-to-machine materials, developing new hybrid methods, increasing tool life, and improving part quality. Correspondingly, the addition or removal of heat from materials themselves can improve their performance, wear resistance, and affordability.

The goal of this special issue is to capture important ongoing work and recent trends in this emerging field of thermally assisted manufacturing by providing a collection of articles covering various manufacturing processes. It features a wide range of research at both macro- and micro-scales, such as welding and joining, laser ablation, surface treatment, additive processes, thermally assisted machining, thermally assisted forming, thin coating, and polishing. The papers also present innovative experimental studies and comprehensive modeling efforts. We hope it provides collective, useful information to the researchers and practitioners working in this field.

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