Enabling accurate profile control for in-situ/in-service machining operations.
Maintaining the profile of all elements of an engine on the wing is essential to the aerodynamics of an aircraft. This includes the vanes of the tail-bearing housing, which support the rear of the engine behind the turbine.
MetLase was asked to produce a method for on-wing machining vanes to a controlled aerodynamic profile.
The profile of the vane is complex; MetLase was able to design, produce and iterate a bespoke pantograph, precisely engineered to be attached to the vane to produce the required form when re-machining.
Created using MetLase's precision laser cutter and proprietary joining technologies, the pantograph could be used on the vane in situ, precluding any need for engine disassembly.
Cost: In situ machining operation does not require engine disassembly saving time and cost.
Fast Make: MetLase was able to rapidly iterate the development of a bespoke pantograph machining tool to produce the required form.
Solution: Tooling de-skills operation and enables the machining process in a complex environment with poor access.