Composites Universal Group (CUG, Scappoose, Ore.) announced on Nov. 30 that it has installed a five-axis computer numerically controlled (CNC) router. The automated system cuts and shapes composite materials into aviation components to within 0.001 inch. This reportedly provides CUG engineers with the high degree of precision needed to ensure the safety and quality of high-performance aircraft and aerospace components.
CUG also reports that it will begin construction of a new 50,000-ft2 headquarters in 2008 and plans to consolidate its manufacturing operations, including the new CNC router, into the new facility. CUG says it hopes to add 10 to 30 new jobs over the next 12 to 18 months.
The five-axis router is said to be one of the largest in the state of Oregon, along with a newly installed system at Freightliner. Since installation 10 months ago, CUG has employed the router on a number of high-profile projects for customers such as Hamilton Sundstrand, Space Exploration Technologies, Red Bull Race Aircraft, Piper Aircraft, Columbia Aircraft and L-3 Communications.