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Machining Titanium Aero-Frames

  • Magazine Article
  • 19AERP06_11
Published June 01, 2019 by SAE International in United States
  • English

The rise of titanium for aerospace applications has been well documented in recent years. Equally, the challenges associated with the efficient, productive and high-quality machining of this popular material, have also been a topic of debate and scrutiny. Of course, every machine shop wants optimized performance from its cutters when milling titanium, but this can prove less than straightforward without the right technology and know-how in place. Today, however, thanks to a breakthrough in this area, things are beginning to change.

The aerospace segment is expected to demonstrate impressive growth in the coming years as consumers continue to drive demand for new routes and greater flight frequency. Further drivers include global demographics and wealth creation in Asia and the Middle East. In fact, according to Airbus, air traffic is set to double from its current levels over the course of the next fifteen years.