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Xenoil's XenoWax Manufactured From Recycled Material

IMTS Spark: XenoWax, manufactured by Xenoil, is a machining wax that uses 40% recycled plastic purchased from DEP-certified partners

Additive Manufacturing

CompositesWorld to Host Additive Composites Event at CAMX

The inaugural Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Composites, hosted by CompositesWorld and co-located with CAMX, will explore the connection between additive manufacturing and continuous fiber reinforcement.

Composites Specialist Makes CNC Chops Count

Machining capability drives evolution from race car builder to aerospace and defense contractor.

Aerospace

Are You Ready for Next-Gen Aerospace Manufacturing?

In light of this week’s Paris Air Show, we’re preparing for the next generation of commercial aircraft programs with a new special edition collaboration from Modern Machine Shop, Additive Manufacturing and CompositesWorld.

Aerospace

Fives Co-Developing Profilometer for Aerospace Composites

Fives and the National Research Council of Canada are collaborating on an advanced profilometer for the aerospace sector.

Ingersoll Retained by Camozzi Group, Despite Appeals to Sell

Chip Storie recently started work as CEO of Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc., assisted initially by Ingersoll’s previous CEO Tino Oldani. His experience contributes to the company’s continued position with Camozzi Group.

Additive Manufacturing

Even My Accurate Predictions Are Wrong

The future does not come in a straight line. Multiple factors affect one another and the final outcome. My prediction that machine shops would see more composites is playing out, but I missed an important means by which this would happen.

Die/Mold

Century Tool and Gage Launches Joint Website with CTG Bel-Kur

The website will highlight the history, public engagement and offerings of the two manufacturers.

Aerospace

Third Wave Systems Completes Military Contract for Machining Composites

The company developed a physics-based approach to five-axis machining of polymer matrix composites used in warfighters for the U.S. Air Force.

Cutting Tools

Composites Tooling Enables Feed Rates as High as 400 ipm

Controx presents the Panel Cut line of tooling enabling feed rates as high as 400 ipm for high productivity and a clean surface finish.

Aerospace

More Than Metal

Modern Machine Shop magazine doesn’t cover only the machining of metals. Here are some interesting tidbits about machining non-metallic materials from a few of my past stories.

Five-Axis

Why Was This Machine Chosen for Composites?

General Tool adds a metalcutting machining center with the expectation that this machine is likely to perform a significant amount of machining of CFRP.

Measurement

Hexagon Acquires Fiber Composite Part Metrology Startup

Apodius, based in Germany, currently serves automotive, and aerospace OEMs and suppliers.

Grinding

Fives Opens Global Services Center in Alabama

The new center, located in Birmingham, will be led by Director John D’Amato.

Dust Collector Dissipates Static Charges for Explosive Dusts

The HemiPleat FR Carbon dust collector filter from Camfil Air Pollution Control (APC) combines flame-retardant and conductive properties in a single filter designed to offer long service life and energy-efficient performance.

Aerospace

Laser Encoder Feedback for 40-Meter Wing Parts

Large machine travels, long machining cycles and changing aircraft manufacturing precision demands necessitated a non-contact approach to machine-tool position feedback.

Cutting Tools

When to Waterjet, When to Mill

A composite parts manufacturer in Nebraska recently installed a combined five-axis waterjet/milling machine to position itself to win large-scale aerospace work it sees on the horizon.

CAD/CAM

Laying Composites Fiber—Digitally

The most recent release of Spring Technologies’ NCSIMUL software can simulate the laying of fiber ribbon with NC machines.

Composites in Hybrid Gears

Replacing steel with carbon fiber composites yields promising results.

VMCs

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- to 200-micron range and below.

Holemaking

Cryogenic Machining of 787 Fuselage

Starting early next year, Boeing South Carolina will mill and drill composite fuselage sections for the 787 Dreamliner through cryogenic machining.

An Alternate Micromachining Process for Composites

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

VMCs

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 of the cost. Here is a look at a high-value, highly engineered machining process for the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.