Company needed uniform slots milled into non-uniform work pieces. The parts could not be milled and measured by existing equipment.
Precision micro milling solutions: Integrated milling and metrology system mills and measures in real-time.
Successful milling and validation of part specifications and quality.
A Fortune 50 aerospace and defense company investing in a new ultra strong, ultra light titanium alloy had looked for years for a way to mill uniform micro slots on non-uniform, non-planar coupons, and to measure surface stresses at the same time to ensure the alloy’s structural integrity. These capabilities were critical to determining the safety and effectiveness of the material and the manufacturability of the parts it would be used to create. Because every part had unique surface profiles and because it was a new alloy, there were no existing automated solutions to micro-machine the material or to measure the impact of the machining process (i.e. characterize stresses induced by the machining process.)
The project proved a perfect fit for Microlution’s precision milling solution for non-uniform work pieces. Based on the company’s ultra precise 363-S precision micro milling platform, the non-uniform milling solution incorporates confocal laser metrology with software that measures the part dimensions, machines micro slots, and re-measures the part after the milling operation.
Microlution’s non-uniform part precision micro milling solutions successfully automated the milling and metrology data collection in a single process, machining the specified features and characterizing the induced stresses. This enabled the aerospace firm to confirm the suitability of the new alloy for production, and to ultimately create better production parts, faster.