Lockheed adopted 5MErsquos cryogenic machining system with an Okuma horizontal center increasing cutting speeds by 52 with improved surface integrity and part quality with an estimated 30 cost reduction for large titanium airframe components

Lockheed adopted 5ME’s cryogenic machining system with an Okuma horizontal center, increasing cutting speeds by 52% with improved surface integrity and part quality, with an estimated 30% cost reduction for large titanium airframe components.

Lockheed Cutting F-35 Titanium Processing Costs Using Cryogenics

Patented cooling technology makes roughing, finishing airframes faster, less expensive, more energy efficient Okuma MA-60HII horizontal machining 5ME process, LN2 at -321°F Operators set flow rate

The F-35 Lightning II is a marvel of aeronautic engineering, design, and construction, but the development and construction costs have been controversial for over a decade, so much so that the program’s primary contractor, Lockheed Martin, was compelled to commit to U.S. Dept. of Defense cost-cutting goals. Those savings have begun to materialize.

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