aircraft fighter composite materials

Direct Tool Company are busy finalising contracts to supply high flying aerospace firms with specialist tools and consumables to support their increased use of advanced composite materials.

After an exciting solid 2 days of networking at the recent Advanced Engineering show in Birmingham’s NEC, Direct Tool Company (better known as DTC) are thrilled to be opening accounts with forward thinking aviation engineering businesses.

The rapid adoption of composite materials such as GFRP, CFRP and GLARE by airplane engineering firms has led to an increased demand for specialist tools, equipment and consumable products. DTC, considered the go to supplier for workshops involved in the production of composite structures offer an all rounded consumables and tooling supply service covering all the common manufacturing processes.

“Our highly experienced, dedicated support team are industry experts and able to offer a personal service based around each businesses unique requirements. By choosing DTC, you gain access to our own in house procurement team who are always introducing new bespoke product lines to ensure our range is always on trend with the latest developments in your industry.” Explained Rick Wakeford, Sales Director of Direct Tool Company.

DTC offer a comprehensive solution to a variety of industries involved in finishing processes, the specialist composite range was developed in mind of better supporting both the marine and aerospace industries and includes: titanium alloy cutting blades, silicon carbide abrasives, bespoke dust extraction equipment and personal protective equipment.

About the increased use of composite materials in Aerospace

The vast increase in composite usage in aero structures was an outcome stipulated by the need to produce lighter aircraft as a result of increased oil prices and changing attitudes towards environmental issues. Composites have since empowered the OEMs to produce lightweight structures, slashing fuel bills and emissions.

It is now commonplace for fibre reinforced polymer composites to be used in numerous aerospace applications such as engine blades, brackets, wings and more. An interesting case study of the Boeing 787 comprised of 50% advanced composite materials can be found by following the below link:

http://www.boeing.com/commercial/aeromagazine/articles/qtr_4_06/article_04_2.html