Stiles Machinery Inc. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and Belotti SpA (Bergamo, Italy) are featuring their latest generation 5-axis machining centers for creating complex, three-dimensional components from composites, plastics and metal. The Belotti 5-axis TRIM is designed to trim complex shapes from a range of composite materials with reportedly excellent accuracy and quality. Production efficiency is enhanced with a work area that allows easy access to the fixture holding the workpiece. The system’s automated rotary tables and parallel loaders enable a quick and easy tooling change to eliminate down time and maintain work flow.
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When humans do finally travel to Mars, they will have to be well protected from a less-than-hospitable environment. The suit designed to do the job is already in development at NASA, and it relies heavily on composites.