flow-forming lathes of N. Korea

The wonks at ACW continue to keep the community up to speed on the presence of controlled technology in North Korea.

Joshua Pollack has a new piece with pictures of a heretofore unseen flow-forming lathe on Nork TV. link here.

Perhaps the best of it is his ability to succinctly frame our interest in such machinery:
“If you’re coming late to this story, a flow-forming machine (or flow-forming lathe) is a specialized machine tool. It has a handful of uses, but among them is forming the maraging-steel rotors that experts believe are used in North Korea’s gas centrifuges. Since gas centrifuges are used to enrich uranium, that makes flow-forming technology pretty interesting in these parts.”

You can also walk through the recent history of open-source work on this from 38 north ACW and ISIS. Pretty neat.

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