Composites Machining

A composite is any engineered material made by plying, layering or otherwise combining two distinct and separate materials to realize a combined material that leverages the stengths of its components. One composite material frequently used in industry is the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) finding applications on both aircraft and, more recently, race cars. “Composites machining,” while it is not limited to CFRP, frequently refers to challenges faced by manufacturers working with this particular material. CFRP parts generally must be drilled and trimmed via machining, and in some cases these components receive precision milled surfaces as well. The challenges particular to this machining include fixturing the geometrically complex parts, as well as tooling selection for cutting the hard material.
Kyle Castor stands in front of a five-axis router with arms crossed.

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.

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.
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