The aerospace market is one of the largest and most important to the composites industry. There is substantial use of composites, (both inside and outside the vehicle) in Commercial aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, business jets, and general aviation aircraft. In Boeing’s 787, for instance, 50% of the plane’s weight is made of composites materials, assisting with weight reduction and improved fuel efficiency.
Composites parts, which are mostly in the form of carbon fiber with epoxy polymer (CFRP), exist in many parts of the airplane body, such as: fuselage, wings, vertical & horizontal stabilizers, doors, covers, constructive beams etc.
Composite materials are machined in CNC machining centers and in manual operations on the assembly lines.
Due to their abrasive characteristics, composite materials are mostly machined with PCD and CVD diamond tools, to achieve higher wear resistance and prolonged tool life.
TELCON’s high performance diamond PCD and CVD tools are a proven solution for machining of composite materials and are supplied to major aerospace companies such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin.