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UK-based additive manufacturing specialist Renishaw has helped Frazer-Nash Manufacturing, a precision engineering service provider, to produce a novel aircraft tooling device for its customer Kwikbolt.
Using a Renishaw AM 400 additive manufacturing system, Frazer-Nash was able to produce a fastening tool for aircraft panels with reduced time and cost compared to traditional subtractive manufacturing methods like CNC machining. Explaining why additive manufacturing proved to be an effective production method for the tool, Stuart Offer, AM Sales Manager at Renishaw, comments: “By using AM, Frazer-Nash is able to produce components cost-effectively in small batch sizes.”
IN - CONTRAST - TO - MACHINING - NO
“IN CONTRAST TO MACHINING, NO CUSTOM TOOLING IS REQUIRED, WHICH RESULTS IN IMPROVEMENTS IN SPEED AND A REDUCTION IN MANUFACTURING COSTS, PARTICULARLY FOR SUCH A DIFFICULT TO MACHINE PART.”
A selection of the temporary fastening devices from Kiwkbolt. Photo via Renishaw.
UK - Frazer-Nash - Design - Manufacturing - Precision
Also based in the UK, Frazer-Nash provides design, manufacturing and precision engineering services to various industries, with a particular focus in aerospace. Frazer-Nash initially sourced an additive manufacturing system from Renishaw in 2014, obtaining the AM 250 system to be used in-house.
The company has developed a close relationship with Renishaw since then, and opted to purchase the AM 400 to help produce metal parts for its customers. “Over the last five years, we have developed a close partnership with Renishaw,” commented Paul Mortlock, Managing Director at Frazer-Nash.
WE - ORIGINALLY - CHOSE - TO - PARTNER
“WE ORIGINALLY CHOSE TO PARTNER WITH RENISHAW DUE TO ITS SUPPORT SERVICES AND WE HAVE FOUND THESE TO BE INVALUABLE.”
The Frazer-Nash Manufacturing facility. Photo via Renishaw.
Frazer-Nash - Project - Customer - Kwikbolt - Manufacturing
Frazer-Nash’s project with its customer, Kwikbolt, has been regarded as one of its most successful in additive manufacturing. Kwikbolt specializes in producing aerospace fasteners using modern technology and materials, with the aim of revolutionizing the assembly of aircraft. It is reportedly one of the only companies in the world that produces specific temporary fastening devices for the alignment...
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