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CNC Machining for Aerospace

The extremely high level of precision needed within the aerospace industry makes CNC machining a suitable manufacturing process for the sector.

 

This article provides you with a complete guide to aerospace machining and its importance.

 

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If you want to produce high-quality machined parts with a sleek appearance, it’s essential to consider some critical factors related to CNC machining. 

 

Here, we’ve gathered some basic information and important considerations to help you achieve the desired results.

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PC (Polycarbonate)

Introduction to Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate PC parts

PC (polycarbonate) is a type of amorphous thermoplastic known for its high impact resistance and transparency. It also demonstrates good electrical insulation properties and moderate chemical resistance.

 

Available in a range of rod and plate formats, PC is commonly used in the automotive industry for the production of instrument panels, pumps, valves and more. It is also used in other sectors for the production of protective gear, medical devices, intermal mechanical parts and more.

Information of Polycarbonate

FeaturesInfo
Color

Clear, black

Process

CNC machining, injection molding

Tolerance

With drawing: as low as +/- 0.005 mm No drawing: ISO 2768 medium

Applications

Light pipes, transparent parts, heat-resistant applications

Price

$

Material Properties

Tensile Strength

Elongation at Break

HardnessDensity

Maximum Temp

PC (Polycarbonate)8,000 PSI110%Rockwell R1201.246 g/㎤ 0.045 lbs / cu. in.180° F

 

Surface Finishes for Your Choosing

NameDescriptionMaterialsColorTextureLink
surface finish bead blast

Bead Blasting

Bead blasting results in parts with a smooth surface with a matte texture. Used mainly for visual applications and can be followed by other surface treatments.

ABS, Aluminum, Brass, Stainless Steel, Steel

n/aMatteLearn more
surface finish electroplating
ElectroplatingElectroplated coating preserves the surface of parts and resists rusts and other defects from causing decay by applying electric currents to reduce metal cations.

Aluminum, steel, stainless steel

n/a

Gloss or semi-gloss

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surface finish polishing
Polishing

Ranging from Ra 0.8~Ra0.1, polishing processes use an abrasive material to rub the part’s surface to make the shine more less shiny, depending on your requirements.

All materials

 n/a

Smooth, glossy finish

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surface finish painting
Painting

Painting involves spraying a layer of paint onto the surface of the part. Colors can be matched to a Pantone color number of the customer’s choosing, while finishes range from matte to gloss to metallic.

Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Steel

Custom

Gloss, semi-gloss, flat, metallic, textured

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