Drilling holes in stainless components

Delcam’s Power Solution CADCAM software has been selected by the Winbro Group for its new five-axis laser machining process, Lasemill. This new technology allows complex geometries to be machined into gas turbine blades and vanes to the high level of quality and accuracy that was previously only possible with EDM. It is claimed that the process offers lower cost and higher speed when creating complex features for producers of both aerospace and industrial gas turbines. It can be used both in the initial manufacture and in the repair of either ceramic coated or uncoated hard metal parts. The main application of the Lasemill process is expected to be in the precision drilling of holes for the air-cooling of components made from stainless steel, titanium or nickel. This is a critical part of the whole manufacturing operation since the aim is to create the maximum possible number of holes in the part without jeopardising its structural integrity.

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