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Published: 9/1/2017

Wet-Machining of Composites Crosses Boundaries
Although composite machining has traditionally been performed dry, new coolant technology has proven to prevent delamination, increase tool life and reduce health risks.

Published: 9/1/2016

Equipped for Composites
What machine tool features make sense for composites? A shop machining critical aircraft parts in both metal and composites describes the key features of the machine it bought with an eye toward CFRP.

Published: 5/1/2016

Don’t Sweat the Setup: Probing the Position of Complex Workpieces
This manufacturer uses a software tool to tailor the machining program to the location and orientation of each contoured part.

Published: 2/20/2014

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.

Published: 9/3/2013

Composites in Hybrid Gears
Replacing steel with carbon fiber composites yields promising results.

Published: 4/22/2013

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.

Published: 2/14/2013

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- ...

Published: 1/11/2012

An Alternate Micromachining Process for Composites
This process combines sandblasting and photolithography to enable fast machining of multiple, accurate features into composites.

Published: 8/3/2010

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 ...

Published: 10/28/2009

Cutters Compress To Effectively Machine Composites
The combined up-cut and down-cut spiral flutes on these cutters compress layered composites to prevent delamination during machining.