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 […]

Composite Materials Market for Automotive Worth 11.26 Billion USD by 2020

The report “Composite Materials Market for Automotive by Material Type (PMC, MMC, & CMC), Application & their Sub-Components (Structural, Powertrain, Interior, Exterior, & Others), Vehicle Type (PC, LCV, HCV, & Rolling Stock), & by Region – Global Forecast to 2020″, The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 12.94% from 2015 to 2020, to reach […]

New Drill Bit for F-35 Planes has Bonded Home-Grown Diamonds

The F-35 Lightning II airplane is made from composite fiber, which means that when it comes to working on it, regular tools just won’t do. Here’s one of the tools that AMAMCO Tool created to work with some of the world’s most advanced airplanes. Composite carbon fiber is at the foundation of some of aviation’s […]

No Coolant Needed

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 […]

Custom Tool Solution Helps Launch Satellite Program

Faced with aggressive deadlines to deliver specialized satellite parts, San Diego’s Vanguard Composites Group started a search. They needed to reduce the time required to machine thick composite sandwich panels before assembly. The large flat panels, made in a variety of measured thicknesses, serve as support structures for satellite antenna reflectors. Vanguard is one of […]

Coated Carbide Cutting Tools Offer Superior Cutting Geometry and Longer Tool Life

After rigorous testing, Lockheed Martin chose coated carbide tools made by AMAMCO Tool (Duncan, SC) for machining composite wingskins on the F-35 strike fighter project. When Lockheed first began assessing router and drill tools for the plane’s production in its DST machining center (Dörries Scharmann Technologie GmbH, M önchengladbach, Germany), it used a polycrystalline diamond […]