Composites Machining for the Lockheed Martin F-35

How can precision machining be made less expensive? That question—in one form or another—occupies much of the attention of various Lockheed Martin engineers. If the same kind of precision five-axis milling used in the F-35 skin parts could be applied cost-effectively throughout the plane, the result would be higher-performance aircraft that are far less expensive […]

Hole ambitions? Optimize! Customize!

Matching the drill tool to the job can save thousands of man-hours and millions of dollars. For six decades, “you get what you pay for” has been the marketing mantra for manufacturers and suppliers of composite products who argue that, despite their historically high initial cost, composites are the superior product in terms of overall […]

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 […]

AMAMCO Diamond Coated Carbide Composite Drill vs. PCD

Machine Tools Process Change Nets 450 Percent More Holes Drilled Per Bit Life Cycle When faced with a tooling change, testing at Lockheed revealed that precise cutting edge geometries allowed operators to greatly reduce span time and increased feed rates. The resulting tool and process change netted a 450 percent increase in the number of […]

Custom Connection

Compression router trimming edge of composite panel Custom Metal Cutting Tools Tackle Complex Aerospace Applications As machined parts become more complex, require tighter tolerances and have higher value, the metal cutting tools and processes to make them must become more sophisticated. Aerospace components are a good example. Requirements for reliability, efficiency and performance drive aerospace […]