Aerospace manufacturing by necessity is slow to adopt new techniques and processes. The manufacturing process must be correct with no time for failure and no margin available for scrapped parts. The programming methodology and part manufacturing process industry has standardized on and used for decades in aerospace is well known and proven over decades, but it still uses decades old processes with the inherent limitations of the older technology and processes. Modern CNCs have proven capabilities developed and used for many years (some even more than a decade) that are not used in modern aerospace aerospace part manufacturing. The benefits of adopting these processes and methods is program standardization minimizing the complex post-processors and unique applications per machine, shorter cycle times with better surface finish and higher accuracy, and program flexibility that enables rapid changes/improvements with minimal cost. There will be a few real examples of improvements made by different aerospace companies willing to try new ideas.
- Understand how to change mindsets from programming machines to programming parts
- Understand basic programming functionality and how to implement the functionality into current work flows
- Understand the many improvements possible including elimination of additional part process work