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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

Measurement

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.

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.

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.

Medical

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.

Five-Axis

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.

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.

CAD/CAM

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.

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.

Cutting Tools

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.

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.

Measurement

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.