1993-04-01

Laser Processing Aircraft and Turbine Engine Parts 931356

Multi-axis laser machining systems are having a significant impact on the way formed aircraft and turbine engine parts are being cut, drilled and welded. For example, laser cutting has replaced milling for trimming a deep drawn gas turbine engine part and increased throughput from 18 pieces per day to 18 pieces in 30 minutes. Building on the unique capabilities of laser processing, modern multiaxis laser systems incorporate a wide range of sensors, high speed computer controls and software, and automated work handling to solve industrial part manufacturing problems. The objective of this paper is to review current industrial applications of laser systems and how they are satisfying demands for higher quality, greater flexibility and faster turnaround on prototype and production aerospace parts.

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