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Waterjet Cutting & Material Management for Caterpillar Project

Waterjet Cutting & Material Management for Caterpillar Project
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Waterjet Cutting & Material Management for Caterpillar Project

In addition to custom fabrication, at Midwest Precision Inc., we provide material management for customers with specialty material needs. This custom caterpillar is used in the aerospace industry and cut from a 2.25" thick high cost titanium alloy. We understand the specific needs of the aerospace industry and maintain complete material traceability as well as provide part marking as needed. The caterpillar was cut using a waterjet cutting machine. Our waterjet cutting area has a high capacity, making it well suited for long cutting cycles such as this one.

Waterjet cutting is the ideal way to cut hard or thick materials that would be prone to fracture or warpage using traditional cutting methods. We pioneered the use of waterjet technology in the local region and have the expertise to accurately cut high cost materials with minimal scrap. The finished part is 21" in length, 8" in width, and cut to tolerances as tight as ±0.03". After the parts were cut they were checked in an inspection fixture provided by the customer. We machined hundreds of these caterpillars with an approximate 2 to 3 week lead time after receipt of material. For additional information about this titanium fabrication project, see the table below, or contact us directly.

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Caterpillar Highlights

Product Description
Custom Caterpillar
Capabilities Applied/Processes
Primary:
  • Waterjet Cutting
  • Material Management
Overall Part Dimensions
Product Length: 21"
Product Width: 8"
Product Height: 2.25"
Material Thickness: 2.25"
Product Weight: 30lbs
Tightest Tolerances
±.03"
Material Used
High Cost Exotic Material Titanium
Additional Facts
Drawing Type: DXF
Industry for Use
Aerospace
Volume
Hundreds
Delivery/Turnaround Time
2-3 weeks after receipts of material
Standards Met
Customer furnished CAD and developed check fixture/ template
Product Name
Caterpillar
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