Large Aircraft Manufacturers, Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers
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MetSource works tirelessly to provide engineered solutions to manufacturers in many industries but especially aircraft manufacturing. Aerospace tooling is one example where MetSource has provided numerous solutions. Below are a couple of engineered solution examples. Including these examples, MetSource also has extensive experience with forming dies and mandrels, hot forming and super-plastic forming dies and platens, hydroformed tooling, Lay-up composite tooling, jig pins, and mill fixtures to the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers.
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Centrifugal castings used as Forming Mandrels in Fan Case Tooling
Composite and sheet metal structures used in aircraft components and aircraft engines are hot-formed around tooling that is typically a welded fabricated structure. Because of the heat in the production process and the very large size of cases being produced, these tools are prone to deformation. This distortion results in tolerance and roundness issues in the finished part. The use of alloys such as lnvar that resist thermal expansion, and the homogenous nature of using centrifugals in this application eliminate roundness concerns and provide a high-quality finished part.
Hot forming and super-plastic forming dies and platens
A major Tier 1 supplier of aerospace components design and purchases tooling for hot forming and superplastic forming of lnconel and titanium aerospace components. The supplier was experiencing thermal cracking in tools that necessitated weld repair or replacement of tooling before program completion, seriously jeopardizing program timing and component supply. MetSource worked with the customer to review tooling design in terms of material selection and gating.
The focus was to improve tooling machinability, increase performance and reduce thermal cycle cracking. The result was a custom-designed cast product delivered within four weeks of order receipt allowing the customer to meet program timing requirements to his customer.
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