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Posted: 9/14/2010 6:34:39 PM EDT

Lockheed Martin F-35 Leads To New Titanium Machining Process

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 13th, 2010 –– A groundbreaking cryogenic titanium machining process, planned for use in the production of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, will make its public debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010, Sept. 13-18 in Chicago. IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States.

The new process brings numerous improvements over existing titanium-machining methods, including increases in cutting-tool life and material-removal rates, which directly reduce costs.

The team of Creare Incorporated, H.M. Dunn Company, and MAG IAS has worked for the past several years on the development of the low-flow cryogenic machining of titanium, funded through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards. The high performance titanium machining process was designed, developed and tested at Creare, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, N.H.

“This is a prime example of the successful transition of an SBIR-sponsored and funded technology from its developmental stages to a production environment that can enhance affordability for near-term military systems, like the F-35,” said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of production operations.

Creare, a premier engineering research and development firm, has led the technology development. H.M. Dunn of Euless, Texas, a Tier I supplier for the F-35 program, will be the site of performance demonstrations to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011. MAG IAS, North America's leading machining and machine tool supplier, headquartered in Hebron, Ky., is commercializing the technology.

Other development team members include the U.S. Navy SBIR Program Office and the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:36:01 PM EDT
so... freezing it makes it easier to cut?
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:42:39 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Cypher15:
so... freezing it makes it easier to cut?

Cryo treating makes most metal easier to cut. I imagine this plays on that theme.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:47:57 PM EDT
Glad something useful is coming out of that program.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 6:52:34 PM EDT
Planning to go to IMTS on Friday. If I get time I will look into it.
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 7:10:48 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2010 7:11:43 PM EDT by marksman121]
Originally Posted By doublecheez:
Planning to go to IMTS on Friday. If I get time I will look into it.


Gonna take a camera? Photos are usually allowed if it does not piss off the exhibitor. Apparently Chinese like to show up with cameras and rulers at shows...
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 7:15:16 PM EDT
Machining titanium has always been a bitch. Significantly lowers tool life. I think the high cost you see for titanium stuff (bikes, armor, etc) is about 50% due to the fab costs vs. the raw material cost.

Since one of the keys to lowering assembly costs is to machine a complex shape instead of fabbing it (take the labor out and replace it with machine time) this makes a lot of sense. I know they've been doing it to aluminum for a long time.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:16:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By marksman121:

Tier I supplier


lol
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:19:51 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 5:21:05 AM EDT by Baldmonk]
Originally Posted By marksman121:

Lockheed Martin F-35 Leads To New Titanium Machining Process

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 13th, 2010 –– A groundbreaking cryogenic titanium machining process, planned for use in the production of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, will make its public debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010, Sept. 13-18 in Chicago. IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States.

The new process brings numerous improvements over existing titanium-machining methods, including increases in cutting-tool life and material-removal rates, which directly reduce costs.

The team of Creare Incorporated, H.M. Dunn Company, and MAG IAS has worked for the past several years on the development of the low-flow cryogenic machining of titanium, funded through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards. The high performance titanium machining process was designed, developed and tested at Creare, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, N.H.

“This is a prime example of the successful transition of an SBIR-sponsored and funded technology from its developmental stages to a production environment that can enhance affordability for near-term military systems, like the F-35,” said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of production operations.

Creare, a premier engineering research and development firm, has led the technology development. H.M. Dunn of Euless, Texas, a Tier I supplier for the F-35 program, will be the site of performance demonstrations to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011. MAG IAS, North America's leading machining and machine tool supplier, headquartered in Hebron, Ky., is commercializing the technology.

Other development team members include the U.S. Navy SBIR Program Office and the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.



Amazing.

We do something the Russians have been doing for decades and claim it is a new discovery. Reporters and 99% of their readership are retarded.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:48:10 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Baldmonk:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

Lockheed Martin F-35 Leads To New Titanium Machining Process

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 13th, 2010 –– A groundbreaking cryogenic titanium machining process, planned for use in the production of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, will make its public debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010, Sept. 13-18 in Chicago. IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States.

The new process brings numerous improvements over existing titanium-machining methods, including increases in cutting-tool life and material-removal rates, which directly reduce costs.

The team of Creare Incorporated, H.M. Dunn Company, and MAG IAS has worked for the past several years on the development of the low-flow cryogenic machining of titanium, funded through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards. The high performance titanium machining process was designed, developed and tested at Creare, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, N.H.

"This is a prime example of the successful transition of an SBIR-sponsored and funded technology from its developmental stages to a production environment that can enhance affordability for near-term military systems, like the F-35,” said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of production operations.

Creare, a premier engineering research and development firm, has led the technology development. H.M. Dunn of Euless, Texas, a Tier I supplier for the F-35 program, will be the site of performance demonstrations to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011. MAG IAS, North America's leading machining and machine tool supplier, headquartered in Hebron, Ky., is commercializing the technology.

Other development team members include the U.S. Navy SBIR Program Office and the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.



Amazing.

We do something the Russians have been doing for decades and claim it is a new discovery. Reporters and 99% of their readership are retarded.

shhhh, you'll hurt their feelings.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:52:09 AM EDT
I was watching a documentary about the JSF competition and one of the main things I remember is the insane amount of machining time the titanium bulkhead took that connected the cockpit to the fuselage. It was something like 4 months of 8 hour shifts.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 5:55:23 AM EDT
I love America but dang, our procurement process sucks. Lockeed will kill this project with incompetance.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:04:46 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MadMurdock:
I love America but dang, our procurement process sucks. Lockeed will kill this project with incompetance.


don't point the finger solely at Lockheed, there is a gov't involved
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:12:55 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Guess:

Originally Posted By marksman121:

Tier I supplier


lol

oh for the love of pete.
The Tier 1 has gone full retard now.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:14:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By MadMurdock:
I love America but dang, our procurement process sucks. Lockeed will kill this project with incompetance.


Lockheed isn't the only one who has stake in this. The procurement process as a whole is one FUBAR'd sombitch and it starts at the Customer.
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:18:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 9:21:24 AM EDT by jmb_nova]
There is a new Aluminium process that makes Titanium look like sandpaper.... S&T Effort by the USMC...


Weve known about this from Lockheed for some time... i wonder why its hitting news now.

ETA: ROFL @ SBIRs... Lets talk FNCs and then you will see REAL S&T...
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:24:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tekka:

Originally Posted By Baldmonk:
Originally Posted By marksman121:

Lockheed Martin F-35 Leads To New Titanium Machining Process

FORT WORTH, Texas, September 13th, 2010 –– A groundbreaking cryogenic titanium machining process, planned for use in the production of Lockheed Martin’s [NYSE: LMT] F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter, will make its public debut at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) 2010, Sept. 13-18 in Chicago. IMTS is the largest and longest running manufacturing technology trade show in the United States.

The new process brings numerous improvements over existing titanium-machining methods, including increases in cutting-tool life and material-removal rates, which directly reduce costs.

The team of Creare Incorporated, H.M. Dunn Company, and MAG IAS has worked for the past several years on the development of the low-flow cryogenic machining of titanium, funded through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards. The high performance titanium machining process was designed, developed and tested at Creare, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, N.H.

"This is a prime example of the successful transition of an SBIR-sponsored and funded technology from its developmental stages to a production environment that can enhance affordability for near-term military systems, like the F-35,” said Mike Packer, Lockheed Martin vice president of production operations.

Creare, a premier engineering research and development firm, has led the technology development. H.M. Dunn of Euless, Texas, a Tier I supplier for the F-35 program, will be the site of performance demonstrations to be completed in late 2010 or early 2011. MAG IAS, North America's leading machining and machine tool supplier, headquartered in Hebron, Ky., is commercializing the technology.

Other development team members include the U.S. Navy SBIR Program Office and the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office.

The F-35 Lightning II is a 5th generation fighter, combining advanced stealth with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations, advanced sustainment, and lower operational and support costs. Lockheed Martin is developing the F-35 with its principal industrial partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.



Amazing.

We do something the Russians have been doing for decades and claim it is a new discovery. Reporters and 99% of their readership are retarded.

shhhh, you'll hurt their feelings.


Are you both proposing that LM is going to an international industry trade show and are going to push as a new process something that's been in use for years? Or are they perhaps showing off a notable improvement to the process?
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:27:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 10:00:12 AM EDT by AeroE]
Link Posted: 9/15/2010 9:40:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2010 10:56:25 AM EDT by PAEBR332]
Originally Posted By metalsaber:

Originally Posted By Guess:

Originally Posted By marksman121:

Tier I supplier


lol

oh for the love of pete.
The Tier 1 has gone full retard now.


In manufacturing a Tier 1 supplier sells direct to the final assembler. Tier 2 supplies Tier 1. Tier 3 supplies Tier 2, etc. This terminology has been in common usage for decades.
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