Astro Machine Works has provided custom aerospace machining and precision parts since 1984. We specialize in single-part prototyping, short and medium production runs, and blanket order arrangements with scheduled releases. We offer computerized and manual milling and turning, wire EDM, waterjet, and laser-cutting services.
Our CNC department utilizes MasterCam CAD/CAM software to download customer drawing files or schematics. Our diverse machining capabilities allow us to produce complex components, jigs, fixtures, gauges, and modifications to existing parts.
Aerospace precision machining requires the highest-quality materials and close attention to drawing notes and manufacturing procedures. We have a certified quality management system, in accordance with AS9100 and ISO 9001:2015. All of our manufacturing, assembly, repair, and engineering services follow the highest industry standards.
The aerospace industry relies on CNC technology to produce safe and durable aircraft components. Accuracy and precision are primary considerations when manufacturing these parts as there is no room for error.
CNC machining is a highly precise process that computerizes the design, research, and production process, eliminating human error. Aerospace CNC machining companies often use components, kits, and assemblies that are essential for aircraft and space applications. Titanium, Kovar, high-purity aluminum, stainless steel, Inconel, superconducting copper, and some types of plastic are some of the most widely used materials in the machining of aerospace parts.
Large quantities of components go into a single aircraft. These components are manufactured via sheet metal fabrication, injection molding processes, 3D printing, and CNC machining.
CNC machining is not only used to create end-use components like bushings, hinges, clamps, and custom parts. The process is essential in aerospace research and development, allowing engineers to create, test, and edit prototypes quickly.
The aerospace industry utilizes 5-axis CNC machining technology because it can work with incredibly intricate and precise shapes. It can achieve geometries not possible through 3- or 4-axis technology, which would require repeated fixturing to attain the same shape. With 5-axis machines, operators can machine nearly every visible surface at once, reducing setup times and improving accuracy while reducing the overall cost to the customer.
The 5-axis machine also improves tool life and surface finish of components. This is because 5-axis cutting tools are shorter, significantly reducing high-speed cutting vibrations that might interfere with the quality of the finish.
Aerospace manufacturers also utilize electrical discharge machining (EDM) for harder materials or intricate part details that are too difficult or even impossible to machine with other methods. EDM can produce highly complex geometries with a vast range of materials.
These are the most common types of EDM services:
- Sinker EDM: This process machines conductive materials while they are submerged in dielectric fluid. An electrode approaches the workpiece, and the contact produces sparks known as EDM pulses that remove material from the workpiece.
- Wire EDM: This process machines conductive materials by using a thin wire electrode. The machine guides the wire through the workpiece, precisely melting away material through electrical sparks. This method is especially suitable for very hard materials with complex specifications.
- EDM Hole Drilling: To machine conductive materials, this process uses a rotating tube electrode with high-pressure flushing. This creates small, deep holes quickly and accurately. EDM hole drilling is effective for high-precision, high-volume production of cooling holes for turbine engines.
Aerospace Component Machining with Astro Machine Works
Aerospace and aviation organizations need dependable, durable machined parts to build and operate their aircraft. EDM and CNC machining is vital in the research, development, and manufacture of these parts. These computerized methods eliminate human error and streamline the production of even the most complex geometries.
Astro Machine Works is dedicated to the critical work that our aerospace clients do on a daily basis. Our 72,000-square-foot manufacturing facility meets the high standards of the aerospace industry, and we offer a comprehensive selection of CNC and EDM services. Visit our services page to learn more about our capabilities, or contact us to get started on your project.