Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

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Our aerospace & defense manufacturing capabilities:

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Certifications and Registrations

* Not all locations have all certifications and registrations. Parts requiring these will be made at facilities with the correct certifications and registrations.

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Manufacturing aerospace and defense components with additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and sheet metal fabrication offer many benefits. Additive manufacturing allows for creating complex parts with intricate geometries, reduced weight and material waste, and improved structural integrity. CNC machining produces exact details with tight tolerances and can quickly fabricate large batches. Sheet metal fabrication offers a cost-effective option for creating high-quality parts with minimal material waste. These manufacturing methods lend themselves well to rapid prototyping, allowing quick design iterations and testing. By utilizing these methods, aerospace and defense industries can reduce lead times, increase efficiency, and optimize designs for improved performance. Furthermore, additive manufacturing and CNC machining facilitate the production of unique, custom-designed parts, enhancing functionality and innovation. Ultimately, these manufacturing techniques offer numerous advantages and underscore the importance of ongoing advancements in aerospace and defense manufacturing processes.

Quality Control for Aerospace & Defense

We offer top-of-the-line services tailored to the aerospace and defense industries. We take great pride in adhering to strict quality and safety standards, as evidenced by our facilities with certifications, including AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015Additionally, we are ITAR-registered for US military projects. We have been registered with the US Department of State DDTC to import and export defense articles and services, as USML defines. We take great pride in our extensive range of capabilities and ability to provide custom solutions for each client.

Certifications & Registrations

Our commitment to unparalleled quality and safety standards is evident in our certifications, which include AS9100, ISO 9001, and ITAR.

Quality Documentation

Validation reports include CMM inspection, dimensional inspections, material tests, certificates of conformance, and first article inspections.

QC for Your Project

As a company that is dedicated to delivering top-quality products, we take our quality control process very seriously. We use specialized tools and equipment, perform dimensional checks using calibrated tools, maintain quality documentation, and hold industry certifications. Additionally, we protect our platform with IP protections.

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is revolutionizing industries worldwide, particularly aerospace and defense. The use of additive manufacturing enables the production of highly intricate and complex parts that were once thought impossible. It is incredibly time and cost-effective, significantly reducing waste and manufacturing time while producing lightweight, efficient, and easily customizable components. This technology is pivotal in making engine parts, aircraft interiors, and other critical components integral to aerospace and defense applications. As additive manufacturing develops, it promises to unlock even more possibilities, making it an essential foundation for future technologies.

A few aerospace and defense applications of additive manufacturing:

  • Air Ducts
  • Aircraft Interiors
  • Brackets
  • Drone Components
  • Engine Components
  • Nozzles
  • Satellite Antena
  • Space Vehicle Components

We offer Military Specification (MIL-spec) coatings, typical for SLS and FFF parts.

CNC Machining for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

CNC machining, short for Computer Numerical Control machining, is a highly advanced and automated manufacturing process used in various industries, particularly in aerospace and defense. The process involves using computer-controlled machines and CAD software to cut and shape raw materials into precise and efficient parts. With CNC machining, engineers can create highly accurate and consistent components while reducing production costs and time. This technology ensures that the finished products meet the quality and safety standards required for the aerospace and defense industries. CNC machining has revolutionized the manufacturing industry, providing a reliable and efficient method for creating complex and intricate designs.

A few aerospace and defense applications of CNC machining:

  • Advanced Weapons Systems
  • Electrical Instruments
  • Engine Components
  • Fuel Systems
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Landing Gear
  • Structural Components
  • Turbine Blades

We offer Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC), anodizing, passivization, electroplating, powder coating, and other finishes.

 

Sheet Metal Fabrication for Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing

The aerospace and defense industries extensively use sheet metal fabrication to manufacture various components. This process involves creating complex metal parts and structures from flat sheets of material. The sheets are cut, bent, and folded into the desired shape. Sheet metal fabrication creates diverse products in these industries, including frames, covers, doors, aircraft wings, engine components, and other complex structures.

The aerospace and defense industries prefer sheet metal fabrication because it is a cost-effective solution that can handle high volumes and a wide array of material thicknesses. Additionally, the process allows for producing complex geometries with tight tolerances and accurate precision. As these industries require high durability, strength, and corrosion resistance, sheet metal fabrication is ideal for meeting these requirements due to its inherent characteristics. Overall, sheet metal fabrication remains a critical process in manufacturing components for the aerospace and defense industries.

A few aerospace and defense applications of sheet metal fabrication:

  • Aircraft Panels
  • Control Surfaces
  • Engine Components
  • Fuselages
  • Turbine Blades
  • Wings

We offer Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC) as well as anodizing, passivization, electroplating, and powder coating as well as other finishes.

 

Additional Manufacturing Capabilities

3D scanning is widely used in aerospace and defense for reverse engineering, quality control, and dimensional inspection. It creates detailed models of aircraft components, aiding in analysis and improving design. Additionally, it inspects parts for defects or damage to ensure safety, compliance with regulations, and efficient maintenance and repair.

Injection molding plays a pivotal role in the aerospace and defense industry as it is employed to produce components that require an exceptional level of accuracy and precision. The method of injecting melted materials into a mold cavity enables the creation of intricate shapes and geometries that would otherwise be impossible to achieve through other manufacturing processes. This technique is highly valued for its ability to produce superior quality and reliability components, making it an indispensable tool in the aerospace and defense industry.

A few aerospace and defense applications of 3D scanning and injection molding:

  • Bezels
  • Enclosures
  • Interior & Exterior Components
  • Panels
  • Quality Control
  • Reverse Engineering
Why choose Prototek to manufacture your aerospace & defense manufacturing project?

Prototek specializes in providing top-quality manufacturing services to the aerospace and defense industries. With decades of experience, we have honed our skills in additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and sheet metal fabrication. Our expertise has been tested on numerous high-profile projects in the aerospace industry, earning us an impeccable reputation as a reliable and trusted manufacturer. In addition to our extensive experience, quality is paramount in everything we do. That’s why we have obtained the prestigious ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications and ITAR Registration, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to providing unparalleled quality to our clients and serving as a testament to our dedication to constant improvement. When you choose us for your manufacturing needs, you can rest assured that you’re getting top-notch services delivered by a team of passionate experts.