USING PALLETISED WORK-HOLDING TO EMULATE 5-AXIS MACHINING OF AEROSPACE COMPONENTS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD

GA Oosthuizen, HJ Joubert, NF Treurnicht

Abstract


This paper proposes the application of precision pallet technology, together with common3-axis milling, to machine certain complex aerospace components that are normally 5-axismachined. In this approach a set of different customised precision pallets are used topresent each complex plane to the 3-axis machine as a series of horizontal planes formachining. After machining one surface, the pallet is exchanged for another that has beenpre-setup in machining time. Trials confirm the viability of the approach, with capitalrecovery in less than a year.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7166/20-2-769

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