Curtiss-Wright use Markforged 3D Printers in Aerospace Tooling

Friday, 24 September 2021

Curtis-Wright Sensors UK have achieved 88.8% cost saving and 97.4% time saving on tooling production by investing in the Markforged Mark Two composite 3D printer. 

The Christchurch-based company provide high accuracy, critical components for Commercial and Defence Aerospace sectors, Business & Helicopter and Ground Defence. Long-standing clients include OEMS such as Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Bombardier.

The Markforged Mark Two composite 3D printer enables the busy Operations Team to produce robust, high strength, quality tooling on demand in Onyx (Nylon with micro carbon fibres), with the option to add reinforcing Carbon Fibre.

The success of adopting the Markforged 3D printer has resulted in huge demands for 3D printed tooling, and so the Operations Team now has implemented a Tooling Request System that Production can submit their requirements to. 

“The cost savings have been huge. If we no longer used Additive, Senior Management would immediately ask us why we are spending so much on tooling, and why’s it taking so long!” explains Andy Mainstone, Senior Manufacturing Engineer.

Find out more about Curtiss-Wright Sensors UK’s success in adopting Markforged Additive Manufacturing technology.


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