Aerospace Metal Stampings & Wire EDM Manufacturing
Aerospace Metal Stampings
The aerospace industry’s standards for safety are extremely high, even the smallest aerospace precision metal parts must hold tight tolerances and meet strict quality standards. This industry demands parts that maintain tight tolerances and perfect precision. No matter how complex the designs, our custom stamped metal parts meet or exceed the expectations of our customers within the aviation and aerospace industries every time.
Wire EDM for Manufacturing
In the aerospace industry, there’s little room for error, as the slightest miscalculation can lead to disaster. The requirements for aerospace component manufacturing are no different. American Wire EDM, Inc., provides wire EDM machining and EDM hole drilling services for numerous aerospace applications, producing parts that meet or exceed the industry’s strict standards of quality and dimensional accuracy. From PCB mounting fixtures to engine turbine blades and everything in between, we manufacture high precision, high-quality aerospace parts.
We can produce precision metal stampings and prototypes from several metals, alloys, and specialty materials. We commonly work with materials from 0.0008” to 0.200” in thickness. We also offer a variety of secondary services to give additional value to our parts and components and to save you time and money in your production process. Some of the metals that we regularly utilize, include:
- Stainless Steel
- Galvanized Steel
- Cold Rolled Steel
Whether you need a single, simple prototype part, or tens of thousands of complex metal stampings, we can deliver the aerospace stamping that your project requires.
Aerospace Stamping Industries
Aerospace precision metal parts need to be durable and able to withstand a lot of pressure and fluctuating temperatures. Additionally, aerospace stampings must be lightweight and versatile to keep fuel costs and aircraft weight down. Given the rapidly growing aerospace needs, our precision metal stamping services have the capability to work with a variety of aerospace industries including:
Aircraft Component Stamping Quality Control
Our complex metal stampings process is highly detailed and precise. We take great care when fabricating our aerospace metal stampings. That’s why we have implemented the following quality control standards:
- Top quality components – When choosing a custom stamping and metal fabrication partner, quality is always a top consideration. We are an ISO 9001 certified metal fabricator, and we use uncompromising quality practices in the manufacturing of all our components. We are also DFARS and ROHS compliant.
- Flexible solutions to accommodate your unique needs – Our short run processes gives us the capability to produce parts in quantities from 250 to 250,000 and with the latest equipment in our fabrication shops, we can produce components in all sizes, shapes, and forms.
- Cost-saving solutions – Saving you money by providing innovative, cost-effective solutions is our specialty. We save our customers up to 80% off conventional tooling cost.
We Have Teamed With NASA
In the early 2000s, we were privileged to team with NASA. Our expert metal fabrication engineers used their technical innovation and extreme precision fabrication capabilities to provide parts and components for NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover.
The aerospace industry demands parts with tight tolerances and perfect precision. No matter how complex, Prototype & Short-Run Services’ aerospace precision metal parts meet or exceed the expectations of our customers every time.
History of EDM and Aerospace Technologies
EDM has been used for decades to manufacture aerospace parts including engine, fuel system, and landing- gear components, as well as other high-stress, high-temperature parts. Throughout its history, however, the surface integrity, and thereby safety, of EDM-machined aerospace components has been questioned. As a result, aerospace manufacturers tightened their specifications on EDM-manufactured parts, requiring post-EDM secondary processing such as machining and chemical etching, or both. In many cases, it had been declared that EDM was not an acceptable process for the parts in question.
However, recent advances in EDM technology have improved the EDM process, and testing conducted by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Makino, and other industry leaders indicate that the surface integrity of EDM components is no longer as big a concern as it once was.
Industry testing indicates today’s technologically advanced machines do not damage the surface of the material as in the past. As a result, aerospace manufacturers now may be able to use EDM to manufacture more components. Manufacturers could possibly eliminate secondary machining operations, reducing costs and decreasing delivery times.
Our Wire EDM Machines
Using CNC-operated, state-of-the-art EDM technology and advanced CAD/CAM programming, we deliver finished aerospace components that match our customers’ specifications, no matter how complex the design. Parts that are too small and/or intricate to be manufactured via traditional machining techniques can be quickly and easily produced through EDM processes. American Wire EDM benefits the aerospace industry by using and providing:
- Wire EDM aerospace industry materials: aluminum, nickel, titanium and stainless alloys
- Rare aerospace materials: kovar, invar, Inconel, niobium, scandium and many more
- High volume order capacities
- EDM machining of high-temperature alloys and exotic metals
Producing Precision Aerospace Components
American Wire EDM works directly from customer design files, and we offer engineering assistance to help you perfect your design’s fit, form, and function and to improve manufacturing efficiency. We have versatile EDM capabilities that allow us to provide the ideal process for your project’s unique requirements.