Moog Aircraft Group Cuts Fixture and Lead Times with FDM 3D Printing
Moog Aircraft Group (Moog) has been supplying engineering and advanced technologies to the military aircraft market since its inception in the 1950s. Today, the company is considered a world leader in manufacturing advanced solutions for the world’s highest-performance aircraft.
Moog’s Wolverhampton facility decided to make a substantial commitment to improving its internal capabilities for CMM inspection. This included using a dedicated fixture for each machined part’s inspection operation. Traditionally, fixturing and part-alignment tooling was outsourced to external suppliers, where it was made from tool steel.
With Stratasys 3D printing technology, Moog Aircraft Group produces CMM fixtures in a matter of hours rather than weeks.
“The ability to try a design idea, test it and redesign it accordingly in a matter of hours, rather than weeks, has seen us improve work holding and reduce the occurrence of manual handling damage throughout the production processes.”
James Stuart-Young, Moog Aircraft Group