Composites Machining

A composite is any engineered material made by plying, layering or otherwise combining two distinct and separate materials to realize a combined material that leverages the stengths of its components. One composite material frequently used in industry is the carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) finding applications on both aircraft and, more recently, race cars. “Composites machining,” while it is not limited to CFRP, frequently refers to challenges faced by manufacturers working with this particular material. CFRP parts generally must be drilled and trimmed via machining, and in some cases these components receive precision milled surfaces as well. The challenges particular to this machining include fixturing the geometrically complex parts, as well as tooling selection for cutting the hard material.

A close-up of a tool on a five-axis spindle machining a medium-density fiberboard vacuum workholding fixture.

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