Royal Engineered Composites successfully installed a Composite Machining Center (CMC). The CMC, built by Flow International Corp., is reportedly the first ever Class B machine to be built.
Royal will use the CMC to provide the high-quality cutting. The Class B CMC offers both a 5 axis router and a 5 axis abrasive waterjet cutting arm with an envelope of 6.5m x 2.5m x 1m. The CMC machine will be used to cut and drill parts and will open Royal to larger scale opportunities.
Related Glossary Terms
Substance used for grinding, honing, lapping, superfinishing and polishing. Examples include garnet, emery, corundum, silicon carbide, cubic boron nitride and diamond in various grit sizes.
- abrasive waterjet ( AWJ)
abrasive waterjet ( AWJ)
System that uses high-pressure waterjets in combination with a slurry of fine abrasive grains to machine materials. See waterjet cutting.
Materials composed of different elements, with one element normally embedded in another, held together by a compatible binder.
- machining center
CNC machine tool capable of drilling, reaming, tapping, milling and boring. Normally comes with an automatic toolchanger. See automatic toolchanger.
- waterjet cutting
Fine, high-pressure (up to 50,000 psi or greater), high-velocity jet of water directed by a small nozzle to cut material. Velocity of the stream can exceed twice the speed of sound. Nozzle opening ranges from between 0.004" to 0.016" (0.l0mm to 0.41mm), producing a very narrow kerf. See AWJ, abrasive waterjet.