Capabilities

CNC Machining

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Access Precision CNC Machining Services with SyncFab

SyncFab offers unparalleled CNC machining services, tailored specifically for the high-stakes demands of the aerospace and defense industries. Our state-of-the-art CNC manufacturing partners allows for the precision manufacturing of complex and custom components with exacting standards

Types of CNC Machining

Multi-Axis Machining
Refers to machines that operate on more than three axes (X, Y, Z). Ideal for complex components with intricate geometries and undercuts.
CNC Milling

Involves the use of rotary tools to remove material from a workpiece. Used for components like engine housings, control panels, and airframe structures.

CNC Turning (Lathes)
The workpiece is rotated while a cutting tool moves in a linear motion. Produces parts like landing gear components, engine shafts, and cylindrical housings.
Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM)
A type of machining that uses electrical sparks to shape a workpiece. Producing complex geometries and precision parts.
Swiss Lathe (Swiss Turning)

Involves the use of a specialized CNC lathe where the workpiece is held and rotated on a sliding headstock. Widely used for precision components like pins, shafts, and fasteners.

Large Part CNC Machining

Involves using large-scale CNC machines to produce oversized components. Key for large structural components such as wing spars, fuselage sections, and large molds.

CNC Laser Cutting
A high-powered laser beam controlled by CNC. It’s ideal for producing parts with high-quality edge finishes, like airframe components, and decorative panels.
CNC Grinding

Involves the use of a rotating abrasive wheel to remove material. Perfect for finishing surfaces of where high precision is required.

CNC Drilling & Punch

Utilizes multi-point drill bits to produce cylindrical holes in the workpiece. Creating bolt holes, dowel holes in engine components, and airframes.

Materials and Their Properties

metals

Metals

Aluminum: Lightweight and corrosion-resistant, used for aircraft parts. (Such as 2024, 7075, and 6061)

Titanium: High strength-to-weight ratio, ideal for critical aerospace components. (Such as Ti-6Al-4V Grade 5)

Stainless Steel: Used for its strength and corrosion resistance in various components. (Such as 304, 316, and 17-4 PH)

Inconel: A superalloy, perfect for high-temperature, high-stress parts in jet engines. (Such as 718 and 625)

Brass and Copper: Generally used for less critical, decorative parts due to their ease of machining and good electrical conductivity. (Such as Naval Brass (C46400))

plastics

Plastics

Acetal (Delrin): Durable and easy to machine, used for non-critical parts.

Nylon: Known for its toughness and thermal resistance.

Polycarbonate: Used for its transparency and impact resistance. Grades with enhanced UV resistance and strength for aircraft canopies and windows.

PTFE (Teflon): Known for its chemical and heat resistance. Often used in its virgin grade for insulation and gaskets due to its heat
and chemical resistance.

composites

Composites

Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics: Used for their high strength-to-weight ratio.

Fiberglass: Common in aerospace for its durability and lightweight properties.

Available Finishes

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Metal Finishes

Anodizing: Common for aluminum, increases corrosion resistance and surface hardness.

Passivation: Used for stainless steel to remove surface contaminants and enhance corrosion resistance.

Powder Coating: Provides a durable and protective layer, available in various colors.

Electroplating: Adds a thin layer of metal for improved wear resistance or conductivity.

Heat Treating: Alters the physical properties of the metal to improve its hardness, strength, or ductility.

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Plastic Finishes

Painting: For aesthetic purposes and added surface protection.

Polishing: To achieve a smoother, more reflective surface.

Sandblasting: Creates a matte finish, often used to prepare surfaces for secondary finishes.

composites

Composite Finishes

Sealing: Protects composite materials from environmental damage.

Painting or Coating: Used for both protection and aesthetics.

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Specialized Finishes

Bead Blasting: Provides a uniform, matte finish, commonly used on metal parts.

Laser Engraving: For adding detailed markings or designs, particularly on metal surfaces.

Brushing: Produces a distinctive look with a pattern of fine lines on the surface of the metal

Use Case

Rapid Manufacturing of Solar Panel Brackets for Space Client

SyncFab’s platform offered a streamlined approach to sourcing and manufacturing, with access to a network of pre-vetted suppliers specialized in aerospace and space manufacturing.
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