Rapid prototyping for aerospace engineering

Optical enclosure for Thales Optronics

Customer – Thales Optronics

Processes – Metal Additive Manufacturing, CNC Post-Machining, Alochrome Finish, CMM Inspection

CA Models 3D printed an optical enclosure in Aluminium using our metal additive manufacturing technology.  Tight tolerances and an internal component fitting required post-machining to achieve sizes that were not possible from the metal additive manufacturing process alone.

The CAD underwent extensive modification to accommodate the manual finishing and post-machining processes.  Bespoke jigs and fixtures were made to clamp the components to one of our 5 axis milling machines.

The enclosures were then Alochromed and put through the final process, our CMM inspection to verify sizes and ensure specific drawing tolerances were met.

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