Finding a way to fixture contoured marine propellers proved to be this shop’s biggest challenge in developing an effective automated machining cell.
A new CNC feature imports a 3D solid model from which operators can perform conversational-type programming even for five-sided machining applications.
Growing involvement in producing multi-blade aerospace parts made of superalloys presented Pietro Rosa with some machining challenges. Starrag’s LX 021 five-axis VMC helped the shop achieve tight tolerances and integrated production.
Machining is a complement to AM as a means of finishing metal 3D printed parts. The increasing adoption of AM for production means more need for postprocessing, particularly machining.
Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
Ipsum Technologies is described as a cyber-physical, location-agnostic factory that has the ability to deliver flexible and scalable manufacturing capabilities.