A visit to Starrag headquarters in Roschacherberg, Switzerland during the company's 2018 technology days revealed new equipment, tools, technologies and machining strategies for turbine manufacturing.
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Quintus Technologies introduces its new process for forming Ti-6Al-4V parts.
An electrical arc process joins a field of additive manufacturing technologies that could one day provide aerospace manufacturers with alternatives to near-net-shape forgings.
Formerly applied only to exotic materials such as ceramics and gemstones, ultrasonic machining has been adapted to more general manufacturing. Titanium and CFRP are two workpiece materials in which the counterintuitive technology shows promise.
Judging from the results of this machining test, the T-Rex horizontal boring machine (HBM) spindle is aptly named.
The event’s theme focused on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
With its in-house R&D program, this aerospace shop seeks to be a leader, not a follower, on the path to innovation in advanced manufacturing. Finding and embracing a better way to generate tool paths for highly efficient and economical metal removal is a prime example of the value of this program.
Caron Engineering’s TMAC MP has been putting tool monitoring to work for years, but its “sawtooth algorithm” now meets a specific challenge in airplane engine machining.
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A mill-turn machine that can rotate a large, bell-shaped workpiece in a horizontal orientation enabled this manufacturer to hit tight tolerance and cost targets. Minimizing non-value-added time and running lights out were also essential for success.
When the right cutting tool, toolholder, cutter paths and machining parameters are applied intelligently, a shop may have more capability to mill titanium effectively than it recognizes.
During test cutting with a new tool-and-toolholder combination for titanium, this video was shot to record the sound (or lack of sound) from a deep milling pass.
Toolholder employs a secondary locking system to counter the high axial cutting forces encountered during the development of a tool for high-metal-removal-rate milling of titanium.
In a joint research effort, Kaiser Precision Tooling and Blaser Swisslube searched for a combination of metalworking fluid and indexable insert that show the best results when boring titanium. The results underscore the importance of controlling vibration, friction and heat.
The company highlighted its facility expansions and new cutting tool technologies during a recent open house at its global headquarters in Tübingen, Germany.
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In titanium, significant savings and process efficiency can result from the simple fact that abrasive waterjet cutting leaves the remaining stock intact.
Bruce Boone says laser technology enables him to make specialized rings from titanium and other materials that his competitors can’t offer.
The thin walls and deep pockets common to structural aerospace parts make machining challenging. A recent event at Makino’s U.S. headquarters highlighted solutions for effectively machining such tricky aluminum and titanium components.
A small shop added two new machines, each of which is more advanced than any of the previous machine tools the company has used. One of the co-owners committed to the work of bringing both of these machines fully into service. Here is the shop’s experience so far.
Five-axis, five-spindle machine aims at reduced cost per piece for production of large aircraft components.
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An important part of this shop’s successful approach to titanium machining is a toolpath strategy that keeps the load on the cutter constant. Another important element is the way this shop captures and reapplies what it learns about how effective it can be in this metal.
Mag says its XTi super profiler is designed to remove metal at impressive rates. Its first two machines are are being used for aerospace applications.
How would you design a new plant if you could begin today? Rolls-Royce Crosspointe is a major manufacturing site that was planned from the outset with the expectation that continuous improvement would always be part of its culture.
Coolant delivery, spindle connection and dynamic response all are part of a tooling formula for milling this metal productively.
A drilling solution improves the production of a component that is critical for correcting spinal disorders. Meanwhile, an apprenticeship program ensures that improvements like this one can continue into the future.