CNC Machining Composite Materials

CNC Machining Composite Materials

Specialist CNC Machining Of Composite Materials

CNC machining is a precise and versatile manufacturing process that uses computer-controlled tools to remove material from a workpiece, creating intricate shapes and achieving tight tolerances. For the Armstrong Composites team, CNC machining offers several advantages:

  1. Precision: Our On-site CNC machines can create intricate, complex shapes with incredible precision. This is crucial for industries such as aerospace, where components must meet stringent quality and performance standards.

  2. Efficiency: Our CNC machines are highly automated, allowing for efficient and consistent production. This reduces the capacity for human error and enhances productivity.

  3. Material Conservation: CNC machining minimizes waste, as it removes only the necessary material to achieve the desired shape. This is especially important when dealing with expensive composite materials.

  4. Versatility: CNC machines can handle a wide range of composite materials, from carbon fibre-reinforced composites to fibreglass and more. We can also work with a wide spectrum of part sizes and geometries.

Applications Of CNC Machining Of
Composite Materials

Applications Of CNC Machining
Of Composite Materials

Applications Of CNC Machining Of Composite Materials

  1. Aerospace: Composite materials play a pivotal role in aircraft component design at Armstrong, thanks to their lightweight and durable properties. CNC machining is used to manufacture critical components such as panels, engine components and interior parts.

  2. Automotive: The automotive industry benefits from composites in the quest for fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. CNC machining is used by our team to create lightweight body panels, interior components and a variety of critical structural parts.

Considerations When CNC Machining Composite Materials

  1. Tool Selection: Choosing the right cutting tools is critical to preventing delamination, fibre damage or overheating of the material. Our composites team are experts when it comes to knowledge of the properties of

  2. Dust Management: The machining of composite materials generates fine dust particles which are potentially hazardous if inhaled or come into contact with the operative’s eyes. Our dust collection and extraction systems are vital in protecting our engineers.

  3. Programming Expertise: CNC machining of composite materials at Armstrong calls upon the particular skill set of our programmers who have many years of experience with optimization of toolpaths to avoid specific problems such as fibre pullout or excessive tool wear.

The ongoing development of CNC machining with composite materials has revolutionized modern manufacturing. It facilitates the creation of lightweight, strong and extremely precisely engineered components across a wide range of industries. As technology continues to advance, CNC machining will play an even more pivotal role in unlocking the full potential of composite materials, driving innovation and reshaping the future of manufacturing at Armstrong.