CNC Machining aerospace parts: what you need to know
By Peter Jacobs, Senior Director of Marketing at CNC Masters One of the largest commercial airliners, the Boeing 747, is comprised of more than six million parts. This is where CNC machinery benefits the aerospace industry by offering compatibility with an extensive variety of materials and providing seamless fabrication of these metals. Since CNC machines take instructions from 3D CAD models to manufacture parts, aerospace engineers can swiftly develop new prototypes, test and edit them in real-time. For instance, NASA’s Orion bulkhead, a component that ensures crew safety has a dome structure near the heat shield and has pockets normal to its surface. Yet another example is the enormous sizes of the aircraft landing gears and fuselage sections that feature tiny details and demand extremely tight tolerances.
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