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Element Six's Aero-Dianamics

News International-French

4 Mar 2015

JEC Europe 2015 - Aero-Dianamics has developed a new range of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) round tool blanks that proved to achieve three times higher productivity compared to carbide tooling formats, reducing the cost per finished part in the processing of composite materials.

Worldwide, the aerospace industry is increasingly turning to carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (CFRPs) as airframe weight drives the economics of aircraft operations. CFRPs provide a series of benefits such as weight reduction, fuel efficiency and high durability. However, the effective machining of these strong, durable and lightweight fibrous materials presents challenges that require new technology.

To this end, Aero-Dianamics has developed a new range of polycrystalline diamond (PCD) round tool blanks that proved to achieve three times higher productivity compared to carbide tooling formats, reducing the cost per finished part in the processing of composite materials.

Aero-Dianamics enables tool designers to create entirely new PCD tool geometries with wide design freedom for flute profiles, multiple flutes and limitless flute angles and orientations, matching the customers’ milling and drilling applications. The new product range provides up to 12 times faster machining speeds and up to 250 times higher wear resistance compared with traditional tungsten carbide end mills.

The ability to mill and drill CFRPs faster, more cleanly, at lower temperatures and with lower tool forces means CFRP airframe components can be produced more efficiently and rapidly. And thus, finished components can be delivered for assembly with shorter lead times – allowing airplane manufacturers to supply customers on shorter schedules.

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