Parts Manufacturing for Aerospace & Defense

From 3D printing and additive manufacturing processes to CNC machining and aerospace injection molding, our wide range of digital manufacturing solutions allow aerospace manufacturers to solve design challenges and create certified production parts.

Manufacturing Aerospace & Defense Components

Parts manufacturing for the aerospace and defense industry requires precise, responsive product development and production. Whether you need short-run, low-volume production, or large-volume production with assembly, we ensure your project meets all industry standards and requirements.

We have different manufacturing technologies to support the material and volume needs for aerospace and defense components, like Carbon DLS additive manufacturing, 5-axis CNC machining of metals and plastics, and tooling for aerospace injection molding. We understand that manufacturing ITAR components means that we need to manage and make all parts we produce in-house in our USA facilities outside Cleveland, Ohio. We do more than simply supply parts, we are an essential part of your team.

Aerospace object produced using digital manufacturing technologies

Manufacturing Military Drone Parts 

Our expertise extends to the manufacturing of critical components for military drones. This includes durable, precision-crafted drone parts that ensure optimal performance and reliability in the most demanding environments. Using advanced technologies like Carbon DLS additive manufacturing and 5-axis CNC machining, we produce high-quality drone parts tailored to meet the specific requirements of military drones, including:

  • Frames
  • Propellers
  • Propeller guards
  • Arms
  • Clips
  • Connectors
  • Sensor housing
  • Sensor mounts
  • Motor mounts
  • Battery mounts
  • Camera mounts
  • GPS mounts
  • Landing gears
  • Tail fins
  • Vibration dampers
  • Waterproof enclosures
  • Antenna guides
  • Heat shields

From lightweight structural components to high-strength, flame-resistant parts, we deliver solutions that enhance the capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Products Designed to Meet Strict Safety Standards

We are committed to ensuring that all prototype and production parts we deliver meet your specific requirements, which is why we hold quality standards for ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations) and ISO 9001:2015+AS9100D, as well as National Aerospace & Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (Nadcap), WBENC (National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification) and WOSB (Woman-Owned Small Business).

  • ITAR: For the manufacturing of defense and space related parts as required and defined by United States regulation
  • ISO 9001:2015+AS9100D: For aerospace and defense manufacturing of prototype and production parts utilizing additive manufacturing, CNC machining, and injection molding
  • Nadcap: For manufacturing in conformance with non-conventional machining requirements
  • WBENC and WOSB: For successfully meeting WBENC’s standards for a Women’s Business Enterprise as a woman-owned, operated, and controlled business

With ITAR and ISO 9001:2015+AS9100D certifications, we can adhere to stringent aerospace and defense quality regulations to make components for aircraft, satellites, and drones.

Material Considerations for Aerospace Components

Our prototype and production experts will help you find an economical, high-quality material solution for your aerospace manufacturing applications. Here are a few materials we use for aerospace components:

  • Aluminum: Ideal for parts that require a combination of good thermal properties and low weight
  • Stainless Steel: Ideal for parts that require precise, high corrosion resistance, sterilizability, and durability
  • Titanium: Ideal for parts that require a combination of high mechanical properties and low specific weight
  • Polycarbonate: Ideal for color-matched interior cabin components that pass UL94V0 and FAR requirements
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK): One of the most common plastics used in the aerospace industry, PEEK’s outstanding mechanical strength, creep, and fatigue resistance make it ideal for demanding air-freight applications.
  • Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE): Ideal for the aerospace industry with its lightweight properties and resistance to corrosive materials and high temperature
  • EPX: Carbon DLS plastic additive material for strong and rigid interior parts with FR rating
  • RPU: Carbon DLS plastic additive material for tough, ABS-like interior parts
  • Nylon PA 12: HP Multi Jet Fusion plastic additive material for interior parts
  • Ultem 9085: Stratasys FDM plastic additive material for aerospace parts and components with UL94V0 rating
  • ABS-ESD7: Stratasys FDM ABS plastic material with static dissipative properties

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NASA Johnson Space Center needed to create the NASA Seeker free-flying robot in less than one year. Crunched on time and space on the robot, NASA turned to our Carbon DLS process to create four functioning parts used to guide the robot in space flight.

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