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With nearly 3,500 F-35s still scheduled for production during the life of the Joint Strike Fighter program, it is imperative to look at every aspect of the manufacturing process to reduce costs while ensuring a high level of quality. That is exactly why a team from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the Enterprise Drilling Center of Excellence […]

How to Go Custom with Cutting Tools

A lot of machining plants use custom cutting tools, although the amount varies. For some, it’s standard; for most, it’s occasional, even rare. The question is: When should a machining operation consider custom over standard tools? Here, Andrew Gilpin, business development manager of cutting tool manufacturer AMAMCO Tool, in Greer, S.C., discusses the factors that […]

Custom Tools Achieve F-35 Stealth Characteristics While Lowering Assembly and Operating Cost

Manufacture of the stealthy Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II has two important precision machining activities: (1) edge routing of the wing skins and forward fuselage panels and (2) drilling of holes in the machined parts to assemble the wings and forward fuselage. All external structural surfaces are made of carbon-epoxy (one of many CFRPs) with […]