Wing-rib machining solution

Walter GB recently joined forces with work-holding specialist Schunk Intec to host a showcase of best-in-class five-axis aerospace machining at the Knowledge Transfer Centre in Sheffield.

An audience of aerospace production specialists learnt about how the latest tooling and work-holding innovations could bring substantial benefits to the machining of aluminium wing ribs. Furthermore, they were able to see the results for themselves in the adjacent ‘AMRC with Boeing Centre’ where a demonstration part was produced on a Starrag Ecospeed machine.
The sample wing rib – measuring 1500 mm long by 280 mm wide and 80 mm high, and with pockets up to 50 mm deep – was jointly designed by Walter and Schunk Intec to specifically show the ability of their tooling strategies and work-holding technology in overcoming these difficulties in a controlled manner.
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