Aerospace Machining

Aerospace machining is frequently characterized by the tight tolerances and hard-to-machine metals typical of aircraft engine components, as well as the complex contours typical of both turbine blade forms and the aerostructural components making up a plane’s form. Because machined contours are so typical, five-axis machining is routine in this sector, include large-travel five-axis machine tools able to accommodate the largest aircraft structural components. Materials typical of aerospace machining include lightweight aluminum for structural members; hard and temperature-resistant metals including titanium and Inconel alloys for engine parts; and carbon-fiber composites that are both hard and lightweight for outer skins. Along with large five-axis machines, turn-mill machines and precision grinders are among the high-value machine tools routinely used in this sector.

Screenshot of the bracket in HyperMill’s CAM system
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CAM Software Helps Shop Five-Axis Machine Aerospace Part

A five-axis machine and HyperMill CAM software from Open Mind Technologies gave a shop the ability to meet the tight tolerances required for the camera-mounting brackets on a NASA satellite mission.

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Grob Goes Big on Universal Machining Centers

At an open house in Germany, Grob described its focus on the aerospace market for its line of universal machining centers.

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