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Setting the Stage for Sizeable Composites Work

By adding a five-axis waterjet/milling machine, its biggest autoclave and a more expansive lay-up room, Royal Engineered Composites is positioning itself to win larger-scale aerospace work it sees on the horizon.


Composites in Hybrid Gears

Replacing steel with carbon fiber composites yields promising results.


Composites Technology at F-35 Suppliers Conference

A recent conference highlighted composites milling equipment as well as a new seven-axis fiber-placement machine specifically designed for the tricky material used to create critical F-35 components.


The Promise of Waterjet Technology for Micromachining

The potential benefits of using waterjet technology to produce parts or part features smaller than 300 microns are compelling. Developers and researchers are getting close to breaking the barriers that stand in the way of micromachining in the 150- ...


An Alternate Micromachining Process for Composites

This process combines sandblasting and photolithography to enable fast machining of multiple, accurate features into composites.


Composites Machining for the F-35

Lockheed Martin’s precision machining of composite skin sections for the F-35 provides part of the reason why this plane saves money for U.S. taxpayers. That machining makes the plane compelling in ways that have led other countries to take up some ...


Where Does Diamond Make Sense In Machining Titanium?

Boeing machining experts say one application is drilling Ti-Composite stacks. PCD does well here. The group recently addressed this question submitted through our Aerospace Machining Zone.


Getting New Business with Big Machines

These shops saved themselves from dependence on the declining automotive sector thanks in part to their commitment to large-scale machining capacity.


How To Machine Composites, Part 3 -- Milling Composites

Diamond shines for this shop when it mills composites.


How To Machine Composites, Part 4 -- Drilling Composites

Achieving acceptable tool life and hole quality in a material such as CFRP demands a drill designed with composites in mind.


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