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3T RPD becomes a ‘one stop shop’ for production of AM

Following the acquisition of larger premises in December 2016 to allow it to take advantage of a significant increase in demand, 3T RPD has become, what it believes is, the UK’s first production additive manufacturing (AM) ‘one stop shop’ by adding a complete finishing facility to its manufacturing capability.

Mapal satisfies aircraft assembly with Al Stack drills

During the assembly of aircraft, manufacturers frequently stack different aluminium alloys for the production of the aircraft fuselage. During final assembly, drill feed units are employed to drill holes for rivet joints in the aluminium alloys that form the ribs and outer skin of the aircraft.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence launches new integration solution

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has launched the I/O Flow Manager all-in-one software and hardware package solution, which enables manufacturers to integrate a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) into a production cell with minimal pre-programming or training requirements.

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API Technologies EMI Filtering Components

Best known for their Spectrum Control™ product line, the company offers a complete line of EMI components, ceramic capacitors, power filters, filtered interconnects, and magnetics.
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Take a peek into overmoulding

During the recent JEC World show, Mike Richardson caught up with TenCate Advanced Composites’ global chief technology officer, Scott Unger to hear about the company’s latest forays into PAEK-based composite overmoulding technologies.

Weighting in the wings

Cyient’s senior vice-president - aerospace & defence, Anand Parameswaran and head of aerospace and defence, EMEA, Ian Thompson discuss the evolution of aircraft wings and the innovations that create significant improvements in aerodynamic performance.

New materials lift ideas off the ground

As the aerospace industry rises to the challenge of reducing the weight of aircraft while keeping manufacturing costs down, new materials and techniques are playing an increasingly important role in component design. Stephen Dyson, head of Industry 4.0 at Proto Labs, considers the latest developments.

The titanium revolution is here!

Norsk Titanium, a pioneer in the supply of aerospace-grade, additive manufactured, structural titanium components made the headlines recently with the announcement that its parts are set to fly on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. Mike Richardson reports.

Adding value with 3D printing

When the Airbus A350-1000 enters service at the end of this year it will feature an abundant array of 3D printed components. But as Mark Venables explains, this aircraft could witness the coming of age for 3D printing in the aerospace sector.

Up, up and away!

Passport? Check. Wallet? Check. Umbrella? Check. With chin up, Mike Richardson takes a deep breath and looks ahead to the upcoming International Paris Airshow.

Technology set for take-off

The Paris Airshow 2017 arrives in June and the aerospace original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers are counting down the days. Rob Coppinger reports.

Are you ready to do business?

The profound effects of manufacturing globalisation mean that the aerospace industry must continue to expand its horizons and the major protagonists in the supply chain work harder than ever to ensure that their corporate messages are seen by the right people. But, where do they start?

Get your surface finishing under control!

Mike Richardson hears how Suhner Automation has harnessed robotic technology to save time, improve repeatability and remove the grind from what can be an extremely manual and repetitive surface finishing process.

Fake, rattle and roll!

In a Q&A session, Aerospace Manufacturing hears the views of Roger Rogowski and Ian Blackman, co-owners of Anti-Counterfeiting Forum to discover whether counterfeiting is still a serious problem for the industry.

New sensations

Bowmill Engineering keeps feeling those good vibrations with PDJ Vibro’s new vibratory trough for finishing aluminium aerospace components. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.

Engineering for edges

Deburring and surface treatment specialist Ellesco takes its production process role seriously, working with manufacturers of deburring and surface treatment equipment to deliver what it describes as ‘Engineering for Edges’ and provide that finishing touch to components.


ANCA’s LinX cylindrical linear motor’s flying finish!

As well as being pleasing to the eye, highly-polished flutes and gash surfaces improve chip evacuation and significantly improve tool performance and life. The smoother surface enables swarf (or chips) to exit more freely, preventing chip packing and material build up during machining.

CGTech announces UK launch of Vericut Force

Developer of Vericut CNC simulation, verification and optimisation software, CGTech is set to officially launch its latest ‘physics-based’ toolpath optimisation module, Vericut Force, in the UK with a series of nationwide seminars.

Roemheld launches new 5-axis vice

Roemheld has introduced a new 5-axis vice to the UK. The new MC-P vice from Hilma offers high stability and precision, combined with excellent accessibility and comprehensive chip protection. Its compact design enables collision free toolpaths and the use of short, standard tools in 5-axis machining.

Dubai Airshow: The Destination for Aerospace

The record-breaking Dubai Airshow is one of the largest and most successful air shows in the world, connecting aerospace professionals across all areas of the industry to facilitate successful global trade.
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Thread whirling with turbo options

Horn has introduced tools for thread whirling, having six or nine inserts, providing an efficient, cost-effective way to produce single- and multi-start external threads and profiles.

Disc Mill spins the cutters

Seco has expanded its range of disc milling inserts and cutter bodies by introducing its 335.14 small-diameter exchangeable head system, its 335.16 cutter range for T-slot operations, and cassette versions of its 335.25 cutters that incorporate round inserts.

Sumitomo presses all the right buttons

Five different grades of RDMT button-style indexable milling inserts for carbon, alloy, stainless steels and cast iron have been added to Sumitomo Electric Hardmetal’s milling portfolio.

Large parts, small footprint

Occupying less than 5m2 of shopfloor space, DMG Mori’s new CLX350 CNC lathe is nevertheless capable of turning components from bar up to 51mm diameter (65mm optional) and has a maximum turning diameter of 320mm. Z-axis travel is 530mm. Spindle speeds up to 5,000rpm can be programmed and the cartridge design means that exchange is simple and rapid.

Large parts turned in small footprint

Occupying less than 5m2 of space on a shop floor, the new CLX350 CNC lathe from DMG Mori is capable of turning components from bar up to 51mm diameter (65mm optional) and has a maximum turning diameter of 320mm.

Moving and grooving

Following the introduction last year by Walter GB of an extended range of grooving blades and through-coolant toolholders for the Walter Cut-SX single-edged grooving system, the range is now available with strengthened, smaller diameter shanks and in four variants.

A world first for maskants

Spraylat International’s Protectapeel is a water-based protective coating that is applied by airless spray or roller and dries to form a strong, durable coating that can protect internally or externally for up to 12 months.


Aero Metals Alliance brand new corporate brochure

Aero Metals Alliance (AMA) includes some of the world’s leading metal suppliers: Gould Alloys, Progressive Alloy, Service Centres Aero, Sunshine Metals and Wilsons. Together, these companies deliver a complete range of aerospace and high performance metal products

API Technologies - Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions

API Technologies is a leading provider of custom application-specific EMI filter solutions since 1968. Whether modifying an existing component or working from a “clean sheet” approach, the company develops a new product or integrated assembly to help you address the mechanical, electrical and/or power requirements of a design.

Company Brochure

Amari is one of Europe's largest independent stockholders, processors and distributors of Aluminium, Steels, Titanium, Nickel and Copper Alloys. Founded in 1964, Amari has 141 operational sites worldwide, spanning 16 countries.

Global CNC Manufacturing with VERICUT

Vericut driving up productivity in Aerospace Manufacturing, Simulation - Verification - Optimisation, Composite Programming and Simulation, CNC Machine Tool Simulation, Drilling, Fastening and Assembly Machine Programming and Simulation
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ATMS Brochure (v7)

An easier way to manage your stores & tooling inventory Special introductory offer on our new Windows 7 compliant version

TestMaster® Line Card

TestMaster® Hydrostatic Test Tools offer fast, snap-on coupling and positive sealing of tubes, tube assemblies and systems.

NuQuip® Line Card

NuQuip® High-Pressure Accessories and Components supply power, connect equipment, channel fluids and control pressures to improve system performance for industrial applications with working pressured to 60,000 psi (4,137 bar)

Bore Solutions

An AS9100 / ISO 9001:2008 Bore Production and Finishing Specialist Sub-Contract Engineering Company.


Tutoring titanium machining

At Kyocera SGS’ Lunch and Learn event machining demonstrations were conducted on a titanium workpiece using a Grob G350 5-axis machining centre and Edgecam CAD/CAM software.

Cutting a path to advanced machining

Cutting tool specialist Kyocera SGS held a ‘Lunch and Learn’ event at its UK, Wokingham headquarters recently. The event was staged in collaboration with the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF), and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and with the participation of other industry partners.

Aerospace innovation at Cranfield University

Cranfield University is the only university in Europe with its own airport and runway. Through the strong links with the industry, the university focuses on defining and delivering the aircraft, airport and airspace management of the future.
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High-tech aerospace growth

In our series of Farnborough Airshow interviews Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development, discusses how the US state is enabling growth both in the space industry and aerospace manufacturing communities.

Taking tube to aerospace

Nick Henry, engineering director, at SS Tube Technology (SSTT) discusses how the company can adapt its motorsport expertise in tube fabrication and thermal management solutions to make components for aerospace.

New heights for NATEP

In our series of Farnborough Airshow interviews Dr Andrew Mair and Bridget Day, from the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, discuss the success of the Government backed NATEP programme which encourages SME’s to develop new technology and manufacturing processes for the UK aerospace industry.

Global locations: The State of Oklahoma

Dr Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science & Technology, Oklahoma and Vince Howie, Aerospace and Defence Director, at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, took time out at the Farnborough Airshow to discuss why the state is an ideal location for companies looking to set up aerospace manufacturing facilities in the US.

New challenges in automation

Brian Williams CEO of Ascent Aerospace discusses the company’s systems for automating aerospace production at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.

Up for the challenge

As part of our series of interviews at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, Aerospace Manufacturing spoke to Simon Odling from Lentus who explains how the company has developed composite parts for challenging aero-applications.

Composites uptake in aerospace

At the Farnborough Airshow Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm: technology, explains how composite parts can make inroads into new areas of aerospace manufacturing.