Flash Bainite was mentioned in the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing blog. A link to the blog can be found here. While the DOE sponsors many projects, Flash Bainite was selected to be in the first blog post. The excerpt about Flash Bainite reads:
"Flash Bainite is a process developed by SFP Works, a small business in Michigan that is an AMO-funded participant in the DOE small business innovation research (SBIR) program. This is a completely new process for producing Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) for use in the automotive industry. This innovation has the potential to make cars that are safer, lighter, and more fuel efficient. Its process uses a compact and low-cost induction heat treatment that creates steel that is uniquely light, strong, and weldible and also reduces material cost. Flash Bainite is also a member of Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), which is part of Manufacturing USA – a nationwide network for manufacturing innovation. Through its partnership with the institute, Flash Bainite has worked with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and the U.S. Army to test its steel manufacturing technology for potential use in defense applications. Thus far, they have demonstrated the test fabrication of metal automotive components such as B-pillars, roof rails, floor reinforcements, and seating components that are 33% lighter and have 40% less material cost compared to methods currently used. Implementation of Flash Bainite steel across the automotive industry would potentially translate into a savings of up to 9 billion gallons of gasoline worth $27 billion annually to consumers."