Aerospace Machining: Keeping Us Up In the Air

Imagine you are sitting in an airport. You’re not actually just sitting, you’re waiting – and you’ve been doing it for hours. In addition to hearing the periodic chatter of the airport PA system, the only other sound you can count on until you are safe in your seat are the constant complaints of other travelers.

“Why does it take so long?”
“Why is there such a delay?”
“I’ll never fly this airline again!”

But think about it, especially the last statement: “I will never fly this airline again!”. The very fact that we are flying is incredible! Never in a million years did our early ancestors think that one day we would be able to climb a large winged contraption, lie down and fly across the ocean in hours, let alone go to space. But what exactly makes it possible?

Sure, there’s physics, lift, thrust, and aerodynamics – and they all deserve their time in the spotlight, but this time let’s focus on something that doesn’t get enough attention: aerospace crafting.

From the jets you see in an air show to the jumbo jets that take us around the world, aerospace crafting allows planes to get you where you’re going faster than ever. Aerospace machining is all made possible by CNC (computer numerical control) machining, which is an entire article (or book) within it. CNC machines frequently used in aerospace workshops include lathes, milling machines, plasma cutters, waterjet cutters, high speed drills and much more.

For the sake of simplicity, it pretty much boils down to the fact that CNC gives greater control to the high-precision and accurate machines needed to shape and function aerospace and aircraft components such as jet engine parts, airframe components and so much more. . More.Water Jet Cutter

Over the years, machine tool manufacturers have consistently innovated in the level of precision, speed and accuracy required for aerospace machining. Additionally, the machine shops have worked with the designers and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible when it comes to smaller, lighter and more durable components with the tight tolerances needed for critical components like engine parts.

When you think about it, the science of flight is literally and figuratively over our heads. It is hard to explain! But one of its many aspects, aerospace crafting, works to reliably give us the gift of flight pretty much whenever we want it, allowing us to travel quickly and safely wherever we want, even in space (well, more or less). So next time you’re sitting in an airport, thinking to yourself “What the hell is taking so long ?!” think about how much it ends up on the plane you will (hopefully) board and maybe even marvel at how amazing it is that you can sit back, read a book and fly. When you land, thank the rapid progression of crafting and aerospace engineering for getting you there safely through more accurate and effective aircraft parts.