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CNC Machining of an Aluminum Access Panel Frame for the Communications Industry

CNC Machining of an Aluminum Access Panel Frame for the Aerospace Industry
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CNC Machining of an Aluminum Access Panel Frame for the Aerospace Industry
 

APM was approached by a client in the Communications Industry for engineering and machining of a unique part. It was an aluminum access panel frame that would be a component of a military communications application. This multistep process required close tolerance surface contouring and expert CNC machine programming capabilities.

The access panel frame's production process was engineered to conform to the customer specifications. State-of-the-art CAM software was used for efficient programming of the precision Mori-Seiki Duravertical 5100 vertical machining center. Rough machining and finish 3D surface milling were completed in two steps. Made from 1½" thick 6061-T651 QQ-A-250/11 aluminum plate, the machined piece measured 6.500" long by 6.500" wide. Plating the aluminum with a chemical conversion coating increased its corrosion resistance. Installing thread inserts completed the assembly.

Various quality measures were utilized including in-process dimensional inspection, first article inspection reports per AS9102, and post production CMM inspection. These advanced quality capabilities verified that the required ±.002"/ .25° tolerances were met. This project also met geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ANSI Y14.5M-1982.

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Highlights of this Precision CNC Machining of an Aluminum Access Panel Frame Project:

Product Description This part is used on a Military Communications application
Precision CNC Machining Capabilities Applied/Processes Primary:
Engineering
  • Procure Material, Programming
Rough Machining
Finish Machining – 3D Surface Milling

Secondary:
Stress Relieving
Assembly – Install Thread Inserts
Deburring
Plating
Equipment Used to Manufacture Part MORI-SEIKI DURAVERTICAL 5100
Overall Part Dimensions Length: 6.500"
Width: 6.500"
Tightest Tolerances ± 0.002"/ 0.25°
Material Used 6061-T651 QQ-A-250/11 Aluminum Plate; 1-½" Thick
Material Finish Plated – Chemical Conversion Coating
In process testing/inspection performed Dimensional Inspection, First Article Inspection Reports per AS9102
Additional Facts CMM Post Inspection; Temperature Monitoring of the Machining Floor during Manufacturing
Industry for Use Aerospace
Volume 15 – 20 per Order
Delivery/Turnaround Time 8 Weeks
Delivery Location UNITED STATES
Standards Met ANSI Y14.5M-1982; IAW79P050000 CODES 2002,5001 & 9003; DFARS
FLOWDOWN; 3D CAD MODEL SURFACE COMPLIANCE
Product Name Access Panel Frame
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