4 Advantages of Using Honeycomb Composites

Photo Of A Machining Worker - CMS North AmericaHoneycomb composites were inspired by honeycomb weathering and beehives. Their aim is to reduce the amount of material being used, to consequently reduce the weight and cost of the final product. Honeycomb composites are made from different materials, such as stainless steel, aramid fiber, aluminum, and thermoplastic. They are commonly used in the marine and aerospace industries due to their lightweight and tough designs. The demand for these structures is increasing due to their relatively high shear and compression properties and their low density. Here are four of the advantages of these materials.

1. Reduced Cost

Many businesses prefer these lightweight materials to plastic and wood due to direct and indirect cost reductions. Honeycomb composites are cheaper to buy, handle, package, and transport. Being paper or metal-based products also makes them easier to dispose of while offering recycling cost-savings. This is because they are 100% renewable and recyclable.

2. Exceptional Strength-to-Weight Ratio

Honeycomb composites have become the ideal alternative to wood and concrete, especially in packaging and construction applications. They weigh about 4 to 5 times less than wood and 10 times less than concrete. They are strong and boast a high unidirectional compression resistance.

3. Fire and Fungus Resistant

These materials are usually multi-layered to provide high fire protection. Some structures come with cement-coated cells that ensure maximum resistance. Additionally, they are unaffected by water and most solvents, making them resistant to rot and corrosion.

4. Optimum Thermal Insulation

Honeycomb structures have a higher ability to dissipate heat thanks to their dead air spaces and polypropylene cell walls. This helps to prevent the accumulation of heat in the cells to avoid exceeding the heat deflection temperatures. Some options use foam to achieve even greater thermal insulation.

CMS Brembana: The Future of CNC Glass Cutting

Glass cutting is a wide-ranging industry, serving everything from building construction to electronics manufacturing. It’s also a difficult industry to excel in: accurately cutting glass is one thing, doing it over and over and over again—and getting it right every time—is something else entirely. But with a CNC glass machining center from CMS North America, high speed, highly accurate, and highly repeatable glass cutting and finishing has never been easier.

The Right Glass Machining Solution for Any Application

Every glass machining application is different, and requires a different set of capabilities for optimum success. To meet your unique glass cutting needs, CMS North America offers the Brembana family of CNC glass machining centers. Ranging from simple cutting-table models to vertical glass processing machines to custom systems, the Brembana line has the perfect solution for every application.

Built on our 30-plus years of experience and innovation, our CNC technology provides one-of-a-kind versatility for the machining of complex glass pieces. Our glass cutting systems can perform cutting, grooving, and beveling operations, 3- and 4-axis routing, and full 5-axis machining. No design is too intricate and no tolerance is too tight for CMS CNC technology.

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With work spindles ranging from 18 to 40 HP available, capable of speeds up to 15,000 RPM, Brembana glass machining centers provide high speed cutting, shaping, and finishing. Automatic cooling and lubrication systems ensure continued performance over long machining processes and high volume production runs.

Our glass machining systems are readily compatible with numerous digital file formats—including CAD and CAM—allowing you to directly input your design files. Your finished parts will match your designs exactly, and you’ll never need to worry about details getting lost or jumbled in translation. Digital compatibility, combined with high precision CNC machining capabilities, guarantees perfect part-to-part repeatability from the first piece to the last.

Select Brembana models are available with optional dual cutting heads for even greater productivity. This allows two different machining operations to be performed simultaneously, or two separate workpieces to be machined at once. Optional automatic tool changers can further reduce production time.

The World’s Best Glass CNC Machining Systems

CMS Brembana CNC glass machining centers are the #1 choice of automakers, aerospace OEMs, solar panel manufacturers, and countless others. Contact CMS North America today to find out what our glass processing systems can do for you.

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CMS’ Adaptive Technology: Complex Surfaces in Reduced Cycle Times

CMS North America’s CNC machining centers have long been famous for their speed and precision. Our newly-developed adaptive technology makes roughing and semi-finishing processes even faster, while maintaining the same unparalleled quality and accuracy that users expect from CMS equipment.

Easier Operation, Greater ROI

Created by our brilliant R&D team, CMS’ innovative Adaptive Technology consists of 10 machine mapping parameters, each of which is optimized for different material types or different machining operations, as well as a specialized roughing parameter. Parameter settings can be entered directly through a part program. Adaptive Technology provides a balanced solution for the machining of all types of parts and components.

With our Adaptive Technology, CNC operators no longer need to spend time searching for the best machine parameters for the project at hand. Instead, operators can instantly set their CNC system for the best possible material removal rates. Considering the amount of NC setup time and testing that is usually required for complex machining operations, this feature alone will provide significant time savings.

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An example of CMS North America’s adaptive technology.

CMS’ Adaptive Technology allows complex surfaces to be machined in substantially reduced cycle types, without a drop off in surface quality or accuracy. All axis commands remain the same, but the machining center will rough out at as much as twice the feed rate of the finishing paths. When paired with the right cutting tools, roughing and semi-finishing operations can be completed in a fraction of the time.

By enabling faster and more efficient operation, Adaptive Technology helps improve users’ ROI in their CMS machines. Adaptive Technology will be especially useful to OEMs and machinists in markets such as aerospace (for machining composite and aluminum parts), automotive (for composite and light alloy parts for road cars, racecars, and motorcycles), marine (for composite hulls, decks, masts, and interior components), and wind energy (for turbine blades and internal components), among others.

CMS’ Adaptive Technology system is available as an optional feature on our Ares, Antares, and other CNC machining centers. Contact us today to learn more about our Adaptive Technology and how it can benefit you.

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