Challenges Aerospace Manufacturers Face When Machining Titanium and Exotic Alloys
Aerospace manufacturers rely on the most advanced materials in the world to ensure their projects succeed. From caustic resistant metals for fuel lines to light and strong alloys for support structures, the unique materials developed for the aerospace industry can be extremely challenging to form. These factors are compounded by the tight tolerances required for nearly all aerospace components and high material costs, making it crucial to find aerospace manufacturers who have experience working with these specialized alloys of titanium, molybdenum and other specialty metals.
One common challenge in machining these materials is their poor chipping ability, since they commonly have exceptional strength at high temperatures, little thermal conductivity and general resistance to wear. This can quickly lead to tools notching or deforming, and makes it especially important for aerospace manufacturers to replace or sharpen tools frequently. To aid in proper chip formation, it’s essential to have equipment that can maintain high feed speeds and efficiently cool the work piece while manufacturing these aerospace materials. It’s also important to choose a company that understands the way various alloys respond to different aerospace manufacturing processes, including milling, turning and drilling, to ensure that your components are made using the most efficient means available.
Intrex Aerospace has extensive experience producing high-quality components from titanium and a wide range of exotic aerospace alloys. Our skilled aerospace manufacturers offer a range of aerospace manufacturing services, specializing in thin-walled machining and turnkey part solutions. By adhering to lean manufacturing principles and applying strict quality controls, we’ve produced exceptional parts in our ISO 9001- and AS9100-certified machine shop for more than 30 years. With advanced kanban and demand management capabilities, there’s no better source for all your contract manufacturing needs.
To learn more about Intrex Aerospace, our ability to produce high-performance aerospace parts from titanium and other specialty alloys, and what sets us apart from other aerospace manufacturers, contact us today.