CNC Machining of an Aluminum Access Panel Frame for the Communications Industry
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 an access panel frame. It was a unique shaped panel frame that would be a component of a larger assembly. This multistep process required close tolerance surface contouring and expert CNC machine programming capabilities.
The access panel frame was engineered per 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:
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||This part is used in a Communications application
|Precision CNC Machining Capabilities Applied/Processes
- Procure Material, Programming
Finish Machining – 3D Surface Milling
Assembly – Install Thread Inserts
|Equipment Used to Manufacture Part
||MORI-SEIKI DURAVERTICAL 5100
|Overall Part Dimensions
||± 0.002"/ 0.25°
||6061-T651 QQ-A-250/11 Aluminum Plate; 1-½" Thick
||Plated – Chemical Conversion Coating
|In process testing/inspection performed
||Dimensional Inspection, First Article Inspection Reports per AS9102
||CMM Post Inspection; Temperature Monitoring of the Machining Floor during Manufacturing
|Industry for Use
||15 – 20 per Order
||ANSI Y14.5M-1982; IAW79P050000 CODES 2002,5001 & 9003; DFARS
FLOWDOWN; 3D CAD MODEL SURFACE COMPLIANCE
||Access Panel Frame