In 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright used a combination of hardwood ash and wire to fly the world’s first airplane.
Imagine what they could have accomplished if they’d known about Computer Numerical Control machining.
It’s been more than a century since the Wright brothers changed the course of history.
The aerospace industry has soared to new heights thanks in large part to CNC machining.
CNC technology makes it possible to engineer complex parts with absolute precision.
Aerospace industry deals with vehicular flight within and beyond Earth’s atmosphere.
Aerospace industry is engaged in R&D and manufacturing of flight vehicles like
Unpowered Gliders and Sailplanes (Gliding),
Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles (Uavs),
Lighter-Than-Air Craft (See Balloon; Airship),
Heavier-Than-Air Craft (Both Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing; See Airplane; Military Aircraft),
Missiles (Rocket and Missile System),
Space Launch Vehicles, and Spacecraft (Crewed and Uncrewed).
CNC Machining Contributions for Aerospace Industry
Precision machining incorporates a range of advanced technology styles, including computer technology, communication technology, modern manufacturing technology, digital control technology and more.
The production capacity of aerospace industry can reflect the national defense technology capabilities and economic strength of a country.
CNC technology and aerospace market keep on advancing with time.
The quantity, efficiency, processing accuracy, ultra-high precision and application of CNC machine tools is of great importance for aerospace industry.
Benefits of CNC Machining in Aerospace Industry
Precision technology is considered the backbone of the modern aerospace industry.
The gigantic flying machines consists of millions of components that are manufactured using many different methods including CNC machining.
High Precision and Faster Mass-Production
Lives of millions of people depend on aerospace industry.
There is almost zero room for error in the manufacturing.
Computer numerical control machining process can provide error free parts at faster rates than any other production.
Efficient Machining Tools
Using 5-axis CNC technology any complex geometrical shape can create.
It had made every design to become a reality and time saving.
Modifications in machine setup and parameters help to optimize automation and bring flexibility.
Due to less human involvement, the chances in products fabrications reduces.
Common Metals Used in Aerospace Industry
In the past, most of the material used in the aircrafts manufacturing was wood.
Wood was lightweight at the same time strong enough to bear the load of the whole aircraft engine.
Wright brothers made their first airplane using bamboo and spruce mostly.
But with the advancement and innovation of years enabled us to make the use of metal in the aerospace industry.
The first aircraft build in 1915 using metal completely by Hugo Junkers.
Some of the most commonly used metals in aerospace industry include
Aluminum is the most used metal yet in the aerospace industry because of its many exceptional properties.
It is lightweight as compared to other metals that helps in fuel efficiency thus aircraft can bear more weight.
Aluminum and its alloys offer strength and corrosion-resistance properties that makes it a preferable material for machinery and engine components.
Titanium is another excellent material used in aerospace industry.
Its properties include high strength, low density, and corrosion-resistance.
Titanium is comparatively heavier than aluminum but twice stronger.
Therefore used in aircraft structural frame, different engine components and hydraulic systems.
Tungsten and its alloys help greatly in aerospace manufacturing that ensures balance and minimize vibrations in the different components.
Tungsten is very helpful in maintaining the balance of components and complete aircraft that is very crucial for the safety and stability of the whole machine.
The mass-production, high-precision, and most efficient parts manufactured using CNC are of immense importance for aerospace industry.
Other than this, CNC machining plays an important role in R&D (Research and Development) and opening new ways towards further innovation.
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