A core competence
Aerospace machining operations are performed at our four tooling locations: Odyssey Industries, Global Tooling Systems, Coast Composites, and Coast’s dedicated machining facility in Irvine, California. A 50% increase in machining capacity across Ascent has allowed us to maintain an industry-leading on-time delivery record while meeting increasing demand for large, metallic aerospace tooling, such as layup molds, scaffolding, and assembly jigs.
In total, we have 53 spindles with over 150,000 hrs/yr of 5-axis machining capacity. Our high-speed/high-velocity machining equipment is some of the largest in the United States dedicated to tooling manufacture. High horse power machines with the ability to remain accurate at high speeds can translate to fewer machining hours per tool.
Our 75,000 ft2 (6968 m2) dedicated machining facility in Irvine maintains an extensive range of state-of-the-art, multi-axis CNC manufacturing and support equipment. As an extension of Coast Composites, the Irvine team has extensive knowledge of machining techniques for various materials in tooling production for composite aircraft and space craft structures. Those most common include Invar, Composite and graphite materials. This facility is supported by Ascent’s group-wide tool engineering, NC programming and inspection capabilities.
Our precision tools are often quite large and require machining centers the size of a tractor trailer to produce. Due to the size of tooling that is machined at this facility and the downtime associated with loading and unloading of tools, we conduct “on-machine probing” to verify finished machined articles prior to moving on to the next operation.
Cutting Tool Engineering magazine’s October 2016 issue included an article about our machining expertise.
Machining services for development, prototype and one-off projects
Five-axis machining of all types of materials (Invar alloy, carbon fiber, graphite, stainless steel, aluminum, titanium, and others), with full CNC programming, is available for development and one-off applications. Ascent’s in-house capabilities are suited, but not limited, to large machining. On-site 5-axis, high-speed machining centers range as large as >900 inches in the X axis, with tight tolerances.