Coast Composites (Santa Ana, Calif., USA) and Odyssey Industries announced on Aug. 14 that they have added new equipment to their manufacturing facilities. The companies say this represents a significant capital expenditure investment for these members of the AIP Aerospace Tooling Group, further augmenting their capability to meet their increasing demand for high-quality tooling and shorter delivery schedules from aerospace customers.
Coast Composites has taken delivery of a new high-velocity 5-axis milling machine manufactured by Parpas America Corp. The new Parpas XS Mill began operation on May 12, 2014. With 59 ft/18m of X-axis travel, this machine adds additional capacity to Coast's already significant large machining capability for manufacturing molds from Invar, aluminum, steel and carbon fiber composites. A patented thermal management system from Parpas improves tolerances by keeping the structure of the machine at a constant controlled ambient temperature.
AIP Aerospace Tooling Group also installed a Parpas XS machine at its Odyssey Tooling Inc. facility in Lake Orion, Mich., USA, which became operational on June 18, 2014. It is identical to the Parpas high-velocity 5-axis mill installed at Coast Composites but with a 40-ft/12m X-axis travel.
A second Parpas Duplex XS machine will become operational at Coast Composites in the third quarter of 2014. This machine will also have 59 ft/18m of X-axis travel and will have two spindles capable of cutting two tools at the same time. Improved tolerances from the Parpas thermal management system is also featured on this machine.