News from Flash® Bainite

SES Partners with Flash to Build World's First Coil-to-Coil Production Line

SFP Works LLC, the inventors of Flash® Bainite, have selected SES® LLC to build the first Coil-to-Coil Flash® Processing Line. This compact line will Flash® Process common steel grades like AISI1020 to increase tensile strength up to 230KSI (1600MPa). Sponsored by a US Department of Energy SBIR Phase 3 Grant, the patented thermal cycle was developed initially with single sheets and requires less than 10 seconds to make the World's strongest cold stampable steel. Dozens of Auto OEM geometries have been cold stamped, often to less than one (r/t) bends, folding almost like a sheet of paper. Mass reductions exceeding 50% have been proven over current stamped parts in Auto OEM test facilities. SES® was chosen due to their experience with building Process lines and with dealing with new AHSS. The first SES® Flash® line will be capable of processing 48" x 0.070". The future holds high volume production of 0.250" Flash® Armor, already proven in US Army testing to outperform titanium, and all other steel armors. The line will be commissioned in early 2018.

T.C. Graham Top Three Finalists

Flash Bainite is one of the top three finalists for the Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) T.C. Graham Prize Finalists. "The T.C. Graham Prize recognizes innovative applications for steel that may lead to the development of new markets." (AIST, 2017). To read more about the contest click

Flash Bainite speaking at Heat Treat 2017

Flash Bainite will be presenting at the ASM Heat Treating Society Conference and Expo on October 24th, 25th, and 26th, 2017. Gary Cola will be presenting updated information on Flash Bainite technologies. Progress on multiple DOE grants will be included at the presentation.

Flash Bainite featured in The Journal of the American Institute of Architects

Flash Bainite was featured in the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. "since a vehicle's mass correlates directly to its fuel consumption, the flash-processed steel, with the estimated ability to increase fuel efficiency in a vehicle by 6 percent to 8 percent by reducing 10 percent of its weight, is critical to achieving Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards." (Brownell, 2017). Cola explained the next steps for Flash moving into the building industry. "The high-dent- and penetration-resistance of flash-processed steel may also be of particular interest in high-abuse or high-risk settings, such as in hurricane-prone areas" (Brownell, 2017). Flash rebar shows early promise for architectural applications. "For example, Flash rebar reinforced concrete pillars could lead to smaller columns and increased square footage to lease, thus increasing the value of the building while lowering the initial build cost." (Brownell, 2017). Read the full article:

Flash attending 2017 AMO Peer Review June 13-14

Flash Bainite attending 2017 Advanced Manufacturing Office Peer Review June 13-14, 2017. The preliminary agenda shows participants that are all major players in America's research projects. Flash Bainite is proud to be apart of this group. Click the article to view the picture.

Flash issues Automation Alley Press Release

In light of the DOE-AMO article on Flash Bainite, Flash issued a press release with Automation Alley. "With widespread use of Flash-processed steels, the U.S. automotive industry could save over 100 pounds of vehicle weight per car at reduced cost."

DOE says Flash Reduces Weight and Cost

According to a US Dept of Energy authored article: With widespread use of Flash-processed steels, the U.S. automotive industry could save over 100 pounds of vehicle weight per car at a reduced cost. The potential of Flash-Processed steels goes beyond the auto industry, however, with applications in agricultural machines and heavy equipment, rail, ships and defense systems with performance improvements, lower cost and lifetime energy savings possible in each application area. Flash processing of common steel is a promising manufacturing technology that can be used to produce high-strength, cold-stampable automotive steel for safer, lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles. (Forrest, Miller, Babu, Shassere, & Cola Jr, 2017). Read the full article here:

Flash Bainite Supports Lawrence Technological University Baja Team

Flash Bainite attended The Lawrence Technological University Baja Team’s vehicle unveiling. The frame of the vehicle had an approximate 30% mass reduction due to the ability to use stronger, thinner Flash Bainite tubing. Flash Bainite has been a supporter of the LTU Baja Team for 9 years now. Flash Bainite owner, Gary Cola, is an LTU alumni and plans to cheer on the LTU Baja Team for years to come.

White House Ceremony Honors Flash Bainite with 2016 Tibbetts Award

At a White House Ceremony, Flash Bainite was honored with the 2016 Tibbetts Award. Small Business Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet stated "Today we celebrate and honor the important technological advances pioneered by these small high-tech firms - from breakthroughs in additive manufacturing to genomic research to novel cancer therapeutics. These innovators are creating jobs and building new industries while helping to address many of the nation's most pressing challenges." (SBA, 2016). Flash Bainite is an innovative company that will help shape the future of the steel industry.

Flash Bainite mentioned in DOE AMO Blog

Flash Bainite was mentioned in the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing blog. A link to the blog can be found at: 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 Accepts Create the Future 2016 Design Award

On Friday, November 11th 2016 Gary Cola formally accepted Flash Bainite’s award for the Create the Future Design Contest. Flash Bainite won 1st place in the Aerospace & Defense sector of the Create the Future Design Contest 2016. Below is a picture of the formal award received in Manhattan, New York. Even more interesting is that other award winners were asking how they could incorporate Flash Bainite in their designs to make them even better.

Flash Bainite mentioned in "The Science of Armour Materials, 1st Edition" edited by Ian Crouch

We were pleased to find out that Flash Bainite is growing its positive reputation. Flash Bainite was mentioned in "The Science of Armour Materials, 1st Edition” edited by Ian Crouch and available from Woodhead Publishing. According to Crouch, “Work conducted in the US showed that flash bainitic armour (FBA) is superior to RHA and conventional HHA”. Note that RHA (rolled homogeneous armor) and HHA (high hard armor) make up almost all of the steel armour grades used to build protective vehicles. Attached is a pdf version of the pages 100-102 about Flash Bainite.

Flash Issues Automation Alley Press Relase

In light of the approval of Flash Bainite's second Canadian patent, Flash issued an Automation Alley Press Release. Read more at

DOE-AMO's Dr. Mark Johnson Visits Flash Bainite Facility

US Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office Director Dr. Mark Johnson visited Flash Bainite on Friday, October 7th 2016. “AMO is focused on creating a fertile innovation environment for advanced manufacturing, enabling vigorous domestic development of new energy-efficient manufacturing processes and materials technologies to reduce the energy intensity and life-cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.” (, 2016). DOE-AMO has provided significant funding to the Flash Bainite project through the small business innovative research grants. Below is Dr. Mark Johnson reviewing the initial equipment for Flash Bainite that made 3” wide samples. The second picture shows Dr. Johnson meeting the Flash Bainite team for a demonstration of the technology on 24” wide steel sheet. From left to right: Joe Allmacher, Gary Cola, Dr. Mark Johnson, Jeff Ziolkowski, and Ken Ziolkowski.

Flash Bainite Issued Second Canadian Patent

Flash Bainite is pleased to announce the issuance of its second Canadian patent. Along with many other patents issued, this patent continues to affirm the validity of the revolutionary Flash Bainite technology. This patent focuses on equipment variations and further methods to apply the Flash thermal cycle to make automotive parts stronger than titanium, lighter than aluminum, and lower cost than high strength steel.

Flash Bainite won 1st Place in the Create the Future Design Contest 2016

Flash Bainite won 1st Place in the Create the Future Design Contest 2016 in the Aerospace & Defense sector. Flash Bainite is a patented technology that creates maximum strength steel that is stronger than titanium, lighter than aluminum, and less costly to use than high strength steel. Click the article to see the associated link and pdf.

Flash Presenting at IABC Dearborn

Gary Cola presented improvements and updates to the Flash Bainite process Thursday, September 29th 2016 at the International Auto Body Conference in Dearborn, Michigan. The world's first 1800mpa room temperature stamp able and readily weldable steel will be shown. Flash 1800 is stronger than titanium, lighter than aluminum and lower cost than high strength steel. He presented at 10am.

Flash Bainite Baja Vehicle

See the 8th Baja Vehicle with Flash Bainite 1" tubing in action! The vehicle survived the crash with ease. How's that for a roof crush test?

Flash Bainite Edger Blade

A Flash Bainite Edger Blade, for trimming against the concrete sidewalk, has lasted 5x longer and only showed half the wear when compared to a standard blade from the local landscape supply company. Click the article to see the image!

Vote for Flash Bainite in the Create the Future Design Contest

*Voting has ended. Flash Bainite is part of the Create the Future Design Contest and eligible to win $20,000. Voting for Flash Banite in the Create the Future Design Contest only takes a minute and voting only occurs once. To register to vote click this link: Once you are registered to vote go to this link: The voting button is below the video.

Flash Bainite Attended the DOE AMO Peer Review 2016

Flash Bainite attended the Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office Peer Review June 14-15 in Arlington, VA. The Peer Review was excellent for networking and bolstering the Flash technology. It was exciting to see all the current activities that DOE is funding in clean water, energy conservation, and advanced technologies. From our perspective, Flash Bainite remains the only technology capable of significantly reducing metal part weight, improving performance, and most important to Industry, saving money.

Continue voting for Flash Bainite in the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

Voting comes to a close on June 13th, 2016 for the FedEx Small Business Grant Contest. Please continue voting for Flash Bainite either through the link on our homepage or click on the link below. Share the link with your friends and vote daily! Thank you!

Flash Featured in Sir Harry Bhadeshia's Keynote Speech at the 23rd IFHTSE Congress

Flash Bainite was featured in Sir Harry Bhadeshia’s “Very Short and Very Long Treatments in the Processing of Steels” keynote speech at the 23rd IFHTSE Congress in Savannah, Georgia. Professor Bhadeshia is the globally recognized leader in steel who has been supportive of the novel Flash Bainite technology since its debut. His publications and students at Cambridge University have been inspirational in the Flash Bainite team’s journey of discovery. With Flash Bainite discussed from 11:44-17:08, Professor Bhadeshia’s full presentation can be seen at the following link:

Flash Bainite at Clean Equity Monaco

Flash Bainite was selected by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco & Mungo Park, Chairman of Innovator Capital as one of 25+ promising emerging technologies. Flash Bainite attended CleanEquity™ Monaco hosted by Capital Innovator on March 3rd and 4th, 2016. Gary Cola explained how to rapidly deploy Flash Bainite technology. The Flash® Bainite technology produces an extraordinarily high strength steel that is ductile, readily weldable and significantly less expensive than the competition. Flash® Processed steel is proven to provide weight reductions greater than 25%, simultaneous cost reductions and improved performance in automotive structure. Automotive manufacturers, and others, want it. Flash is in the process of transitioning from R&D to early stage commercialization with a strategic focus on licensing. The company is seeking deployment teammates (primary) and financial support (secondary) to build and operate larger capacity demonstrator lines that will enhance its license offering. “CleanEquity™ is a private conference, which features up to 30 of the world’s best in class next generation technology companies.” (CleanEquity ™ Monaco 2016).

Thyssenkrupp Labs Find Flash to be Extremely Strong and Ductile

In recent contract testing, Thyssenkrupp Lab Services of Detroit, Michigan has found Flash Processed “Stainless Steel” to be extremely strong and ductile. In the first test sampling, Flash Processed 1.6mm stainless had a yield strength of 1350MPa, a tensile strength of 1810MPa, a uniform elongation of 9.1%, and a total elongation of 11.7%. On a per mass basis, Flash-SS stainless steel is as strong and more ductile than many grades titanium-6-4 and nearly twice the strength of typical aluminum.

Flash Press Release at Automation Alley

Flash® Bainite announces its award of a $1.0M US Dept of Energy - Phase II SBIR grant. The grant continues last year’s successful Phase I SBIR in which Flash® Bainite automotive components were cold-stamped with Flash® 1500(MPa) for a 33% mass reduction at a cost savings. At a recent DOE “Workshop on Advanced Steel Technologies”, Flash® Bainite was listed under the heading “The Next Big Thing”.

Flash Featured on University of Cambridge Metallurgy Group Website

Following the 2015 Materials, Science, and Technology Symposium in Columbus, Ohio, Flash Bainite has 8 pictures posted on the University of Cambridge's metallurgy group website by its leader Sir Harry Bhadeshia. The images show Flash 1600 stamped parts and a 1550MPa a crush can. See our Flash Bainite Facebook page to view the pictures in an album!

28th Heat Treating Society Conference and Expo on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2015

Flash Bainite presented at the 28th Heat Treating Society Conference and Expo on October 20th, 21st, and 22nd 2015. Gary Cola presented Flash Bainite technologies at 11:10am on the 20th. Flash Bainite presented the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications.“ASM International is the world's largest association of metals-centric materials engineers and scientists. We are dedicated to informing, educating, and connecting the materials community to solve problems and stimulate innovation around the world” (ASM) We will be announcing the commercial availability of tubing soon.

Materials, Science, & Technology Symposium

Flash Bainite presented at the Materials, Science, & Technology 2015 (MS&T) Symposium Monday October 5th. Gary Cola presented Flash Bainite technologies at 10:40am. Dr. Suresh Babu, the Governor's Chair at University of Tennseee-Knoxville and Oak Ridge National Lab, had Flash presentations both Monday at 4pm and Wednesday at 8am. Flash Bainite presented the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications.“The MS&T partnership brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers and more to discuss current research and technical applications, and to shape the future of materials science and technology. NACE is co-sponsoring MS&T15.” (MS&T)

LIFT Tailgate and Work Session

Flash Bainite participated in the Light Weight Innovations for Tomorrow(LIFT) member sessions September 30th and October 1st,2015. Flash Bainite displayed the results of our recent advancements in manufacturability including near commercially ready, production representative parts that provide better than 30% weight reduction and, simultaneously, cost reduction for automotive and defense applications. LIFT members attended a tailgating event Wednesday night to network and then a work session on Thursday. Flash Bainite engaged potential licensees for the Flash technology while networking. “LIFT serves the U.S. manufacturing sector by supporting innovative manufacturing technologies, and enabling cost-effective lightweighting of components used in transportation systems. LIFT members had the opportunity to leverage significant NNMI federal funding to advance their lightweight material manufacturing capabilities. Target manufacturing sectors include automotive, aerospace, defense, over the road truck, and rail.” (LIFT)

Flash Bainite is Part of Michigan's NDIA GVSETS Poster Session

Michigan's chapter of National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is presenting the 7th annual Ground Vehicle Systems Engineering and Technology Symposium (GVSETS). Flash Bainite will be providing information through the poster session regarding Flash Bainite's capability to produce armor and sell licenses.

Flash Bainite Awarded DOE SBIR Phase II

The US Department of Energy selected Flash® Bainite for a $1M Grant under the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II program. This selection follows on the heels of our highly successful Phase I Grant and funds further exploration into using Flash® processed advanced high strength steel for Automotive Applications. In this Phase II effort, we will define Flash® processing specifications and characterize the resultant material in grades, compositions, and formats relevant to automotive applications. Flash® Bainite will also conduct application trials, experiments, and evaluations with relevant automotive OEM and suppliers in order to validate characterization data. Under the grant, Flash® Bainite will further develop its proven methods by demonstrating commercial feasibility of Flash® Processed steel in automotive applications.

Flash Bainite featured at the Department of Energy Peer Review

Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) held their Annual Peer Review session May 28th in Washington DC. We were selected to display the Flash® Bainite technology and encouraged to feature accomplishments from the recently completed Phase I DOE SBIR grant. This event provided us with the opportunity to display and discuss the advantages of Flash® Bainite with many prominent and influential engineers and scientists from the automotive and energy saving solutions fields. Flash® 1500 “MPa” parts were displayed and all who viewed the parts were impressed with the formability of Flash® 1500. Flash® 1500 is the only known material with the capability to reduce automotive stampings mass by 1/3 for lightweighting at a cost reduction.

AISTech 2015 - May 4-7th, Cleveland OH

"Cold Stamp‐able 1550MPa Flash Bainite Sheet Metal for B‐pillars", was selected to be presented during "AISTech 2015 The Iron & Steel Technology Conference and Exposition”. This year’s conference is scheduled 4 ‐7 May 2015 in Cleveland,
Ohio. The latest Flash 1500 stamped parts results will be discussed along with a presentation of actual room temperature stamped parts.

International Auto Body Congress Presenter

"Flash® Bainite: Room Temp Stamping 1550MPa Structural and Energy Absorbing Components to 0T/1T Bend Radii” was presented at the International Automotive Body Congress in Dearborn, Michigan. A 20 slide presentation was shown to the...

Cold-Stamping 1550 MPa steel

While Flash Bainite Armor has been known for years to be the leading weldable metal against armor piercing and fragmentary rounds, an exciting new development has surfaced. Flash technology has migrated from the Defense Industry to the civilian...

Retained Austenite SBIR Awardee

The US Dept of Energy selected SFP Works, LLC Flash Bainite research to receive a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research award. The US DOE Lightweight Materials Vehicle Technologies Office chose Flash RA – Retained Austenite Steel made in...

Automotive Applications SBIR Awardee

The US Dept of Energy selected SFP Works, LLC Flash Bainite research to receive a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research
award. The US DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office chose Flash® Bainite – Advanced Material for Significant Energy...

ALMMII Plank-Holder (February 2014)

The Department of Defense selected t ALMMII Plank‐Holder (February 2014). The Department of Defense selected the winner of its Lightweight & Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation (LM3I) Institute challenge. The American Lightweight Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute (ALMMII) was chosen to develop and commercialize the next generation of metals that will lead the way to auto, ship, rail, and aerospace light weighting. The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University, and Edison Welding Institute founded ALMMII but are now joined by more than 60 other organizations. Near $150M in government and corporate funding will be invested in “commercialization of technology that matters”. SFP Works, LLC is one of four initial SMEs in ALMMII bringing its Flash Bainite technology for consideration.