JJ Churchill 3D Print CMM Fixtures with Markforged

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In order for aircraft to fly true, JJ Churchill (JJC) meticulously inspects every blade of its jet engine turbines. Their coordinate measurement machine (CMM) fixtures must maintain tight tolerances and deflect minimally in order to ensure a high level of accuracy.

Markforged’s Onyx with continuous carbon fiber reinforcement is the only material that met their requirements of strength and stiffness at an affordable price. These printed parts exceeded all expectations held by JJC regarding part life on the shop floor.

Manufacturing Engineer Karan Singh said, “once we realized the directional strength properties available with the Markforged products, we haven’t used anything else”.

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At a glance:

  • 80% cheaper to manufacture

  • 70% faster to manufacture

  • Complex custom geometries

  • Minimal deflection with carbon fibre reinforcement

  • Threaded inserts allow high force without deformation

  • Non-marring material doesn’t scratch parts

Get in touch with us at Mark3D UK Limited to arrange a live demonstration at your facility, or to request a sample 3D printed part to test yourself!

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3D printed CMM Fixture holding a jet engine turbine blade

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Leading aerospace companies like Cabin Management Solutions are refitting aircraft and out-competing large companies using Markforged industrial 3D printers.

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