Aerospace, tight tolerances and titanium: it’s not rocket science

Titanium and its alloys are popular materials for the aerospace industry, because it is stronger than steel, has twice the elasticity and weighs half as much. However, despite its many beneficial properties, titanium is notoriously difficult to machine. That’s because titanium is a poor thermal conductor, so heat intensifies at the cutting area, and dulls cutting tools. Using dull cutting edges can generate even more heat, further shortening tool life.   Fortunately, there are some broad steps manufacturers should consider in effectively approaching titanium machining, and find the sweet spot where best practice tooling and optimal efficiency come together with Read more…