The aerospace parts manufacturing industry maintains high quality standards, rigorous testing practices, and strict regulatory requirements in order to ensure the function, fit, and reliability of every part. The aerospace industry uses many specialized parts and, given the nature of flight, many of these parts are mission-critical.
With the many relevant regulatory requirements, testing criteria, and functional requirements at work in modern aerospace manufacturing, part precision is very important. The way aircraft are produced and assembled is precise, so inconsistencies and flaws can have wide-reaching negative effects.
CNC machining is a good fit for manufacturing aerospace parts because the process is capable of achieving extremely tight tolerances for both plastic and metal parts.
5-axis CNC machining, in particular, proves useful in manufacturing complex aircraft components. This aerospace machining process allows for cutting operations and workpieces to be manipulated along the X, Y, Z, and linear axes simultaneously. This reduces the need to reconfigure or fixture the part between operations and makes it possible to create parts with greater complexity.
In the world of aerospace manufacturing, complexity tends to offer a range of benefits, including lightweighting. Parts that are hollowed out or geometrically complex, coupled with the development of advanced, performance-grade engineering plastics, make it possible to dramatically reduce the weight of assemblies without sacrificing strength, quality, or other performance characteristics. 5-axis machining is ideal for addressing the precision, technical specifics, and scope needs associated with aerospace components.
The defense equipment maintenance, repair and overhauling services companies are investing in 3D printing or additive manufacturing technologies to offer replacement parts for tanks, ships, fighter jets. 3D printing involves producing three dimensional objects using computer aided design model. The application of 3D printing is to create functional components including prototypes, tooling and end-use production parts. Additive manufacturing or 3D printing helps in cost-effective production of small batches of intricate parts and complex part designs that needs to be repaired, upgraded and effectively maintained. The technology provides high degree of design freedom, optimization and integration of functional features, and product customization.