Cutting Out A Composite Structure
Milling cuts out features of a composite structure, then cuts the structure itself out of the setup.
This video from machine tool maker CMS shows milling being used to cut out features of a composite structure, then to cut the structure itself out of the setup that holds its clamping surfaces.
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.
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